PESHAWAR, 23 June: The United Nations has said the current time is appropriate for the Afghan refugees in Pakistan to go back to their country.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres called on Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and discussed voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees. A statement issued from the Foreign Office said yesterday that the United Nations commended Pakistan for hosting Afghan refugees for the last 30 years.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the honourable repatriation of Afghan refugees is among the priorities of the government.

In a meeting with Mr Guterres yesterday, the prime minister said Pakistan always considered hosting the Afghan refugees as its duty. Mr Sharif said Pakistan has offered countless sacrifices in the war against terrorism and now the whole nation is united to eliminate terrorism.

Mr Guterres is on a three-day “Ramazan Solidarity” visit to Pakistan from June 22 to 24.

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