UNHCR chief to arrive in Pakistan on three-day visit


ISLAMABAD: Chief of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi will arrive here on Thursday on a three-day visit.

During his visit, the High Commissioner will hold meetings with Pakistan government officials, attend various events, as well as visit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where he will meet refugees and refugee families returning to Afghanistan, said a press release issued here Wednesday.

The High Commissioner will be accompanied by the UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock and UNHCR’s Director for Asia and Pacific, Indrika Ratwatte.

Before coming to Pakistan, the High Commissioner visited Iran and Afghanistan.

Since 2002, around 4.3 million Afghan refugees have returned home from Pakistan with UNHCR’s assistance. The country still hosts some 1.4 million Afghan refugees. Some 67 per cent live in urban or rural areas, while 33 per cent reside in 54 refugee villages.