PESHAWAR - United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative Indrika Ratwatte, called on Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan here at Governor’s House and discussed matters pertaining to the Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

Jacques Franguin, head of UNHCR Sub-office Peshawar, also accompanied him on the occasion.

During the meeting, the Governor appreciated the UNHCR engagement with Pakistan over return of Afghan refugees to their homeland. The Governor said that if successful repatriation of Afghan refugees is ensured, it would benefit both Afghanistan and Pakistan. He also said that Pakistan shares multiple ethnic, religious and cultural commonalities with Afghanistan, adding that peace, stability and development of Afghanistan is in the best interest of the government and people of Pakistan.

The Governor reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process, saying that it was the most viable way to end violence and bring durable peace and stability to Afghanistan and the region.

About the return of Afghan refugees, the Governor said that over the last three decade, Pakistan has been a patient host to millions of Afghan refugees on its soil and urged the need for the UNHCR and the international community for playing its role in creating conducive conditions for the early return of Afghan refugees.  He assured that Pakistan would continue to work with UNHCR, the international community and the Afghan government to ensure honourable return of the refugees.

BOARD SET UP TO REDRESS COPS

GRIEVANCES

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police have established Special Appellate Board in Central Police Office (CPO) for the police officials to redress their grievances in a professional, transparent and judicious manner. The appellate board comprising three senior cops would constitute the board and hear the appeals of police officials.

IGP Nasir Khan Durrani said this new system of appellate board would provide a transparent and professional process to the review of these appeals.  He said that they have brought an end to nepotism by introducing this system. Now it would not be a single person’s discretion that would affect the career of police officials. The police officials are given an opportunity to explain their view point in front of the board.

Their problems can be solved in a judicious manner saving them from the legal processes, he said.

LITERARY FIGURE PAID HOMAGE

Speakers at a condolence reference paid homage to the tremendous literacy services rendered by late Prof. Dr. Ghulam Taqi Bangash terming his death a great loss to the nation.

They said that Dr Bangash, the former Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Chairman Department of History, was one of the first PhD faculties of the University of Peshawar and the initiation of research culture in the university, especially in the humanities and social sciences, goes to his credit.

Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan, Dean of Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Adnan Sarwar, Chairman Department of History Prof. Dr. Taj Muharram, Registrar Dr. Syed Fazli Hadi were amongst those present in the reference.

Sharing his thoughts on the moment, the Vice Chancellor said that Dr. Ghulam Taqi Bangash was a vocal and learned man who wrote several books on the true natural past of this region and the university campus itself. He added that late Dr. Taqi Bangash was a great advocate of democracy.

Dr Jamil, Dr Javed Iqbal and others also expressed their views on the occasion.