Islamabad July 11, 2017 - International Conference on Refugee Crises: Lessons from Pakistan and Beyond was arranged by the Center for International Peace and Stability, National University of Sciences & Technology, in collaboration with Hans Seidel Foundation here at the university’s main campus on Tuesday.
In his address, the chief guest, Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch (Retd), Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), provided a deep insight into the issue of refugee crises and how it has affected Pakistan. He was of the view that Pakistan has not been given due recognition for its efforts to accommodate Afghan refugees. He invited recommendations from the conference participants to help the government better deal with the longstanding issue. Lt Gen Naweed Zaman, HI (M), (Retd), Rector NUST, welcomed the local and foreign guests to the two-day conference and highlighted its significance, saying the conference was an excellent opportunity for local and international researchers and experts to share their research and experiences.
Pakistan’s experience in terms of hosting millions of Afghan refugees for decades is of great value. A need was therefore felt to arrange such a conference so as to collect and collate this vast and unique knowledge and the empirical data that is lying scattered in the official files, and record the unique knowledge and skills honed over the years for the better management and administration of refugees all around the world.
Prominent among the conference participants include Afghan Ambassador Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, Director General ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, Lt Gen Asif Yasin Malik (Retd), Maj Gen Hassan Azhar Hayat and Dr Chris Kwaja from Nigeria.