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President AJK Masood Khan called on Shehryar Khan Afridi

ISLAMABAD, Oct 23 (APP):State Minister for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi  Tuesday said that Pakistan would continue supporting United Nations resolution on Kashmir Issue.

The Minister stated this during a meeting with President Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Masood Khan. The matters relating to mutual interest were brought under discussion.

Afridi said  "W have to end the difference between the common man and ruling class."

He reiterated that the government would utilize the abilities and skills of youth for the betterment of the country.

President AJK lauded resent visit of Shehryar Khan Afridi to University of AJK.

He also invited the minister to visit five others state run universities and deliver lectures to the young students.

He said strong Pakistan was the guarantee to strong Kashmir.

US envoy discusses bilateral relations with interior minister

ISLAMABAD, Oct 22 (APP):Ambassador of United States of America to Pakistan Paul Jones Monday called on Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi and discussed issues pertaining to bilateral relations.

The minister said that Pak-US relations had historical importance and Pakistan would continue its efforts for maintaining peace in the world.

He apprised the US envoy about the sacrifices of Pakistan in war against terrorism. The ambassador said that the United States regarded Pakistan�s efforts against terrorism.

The minister said Pakistan's ultimate objective as a responsible nation was to serve the humanity.

The overseas Pakistanis, he said, were playing an effective role in different parts of the world.

The minister said that minorities were enjoying their rights in the country.

Naya Pakistan Housing to help realize shelter's dream for poor

ISLAMABAD, Oct 22 (APP):The registration process for "Naya Pakistan Housing Programme" has started amid long queues of people were witnessed here on Monday outside registration centres of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

Minister of State for Interior, Shehryar Khan Afridi, who inaugurated Naya Pakistan Housing Authority Registration Center at NADRA Mega Centre Blue Area, said the target of government was to ensure provision of five million affordable houses for underprivileged classes during next five years.

Talking to media persons, the minister expressed the confidence that the programme would not only help realize dream of a shelter for the poor, but also create ample employment opportunities.

It will also attract local and foreign investment and stimulate about 40 related industries, he added.

Shehryar Afridi said the poor people were deprived of their basic rights in past, but present government of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) would ensure protection of their rights.

Highlighting the basic idea of this housing scheme, he said, it would help materialize dream of the poor about owning their house.

The minister said the country needs around 10 million housing units and to achieve the target, there is a need to build at-least 0.5 million units every year at a reasonable price.

He said the masses would be facilitated through one-window services, adding the government has started this much awaited mega housing project within its 100-day plan.

Replying to a question, Shehryar Afridi said as compared to 2013, the PTI has secured votes more than double during 2018 elections.

In Federal Capital, the registration forms can be submitted at NADRA Mega Centre in Blue Area, Deputy Commissioner Office G-11/4 and Tehsil Office I-10/3 whilst in other districts, these could be submitted at Deputy Commissioner offices.

On October 11, Prime Minister Imran Khan launched the ambitious housing scheme which envisages construction of five million affordable houses for under privileged segments of the society during next five years.

The National Database Registration Authority issued the form on its website with all required details needed for registration.

The aspirants can download forms and can submit them with respective housing programme offices till December 21, 2018 with Rs 250 fee.

Initially seven cities have been identified for the scheme which include Sukkur, Quetta, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, Swat, Islamabad and Faisalabad. The government has also included more cities including Lahore, Multan, Gujranwala, Jhelum, Bahawalpur, Sialkot, Kasur, Layyah, Vehari and Rahim Yar Khan.

UNHCR Pakistan Head greatly appreciates the compassion with which Pakistan has hosted Afghan refugees for the last four decades

The representative in Pakistan for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ms. Ruven Menikdiwela called on Minister of state for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi today in Islamabad.

In the meeting, matters related to refugees issues came under discussion. 

UNHCR Pakistan Head greatly appreciated the compassion with which Pakistan has hosted Afghan refugees for the last four decades. 

Minister of State said that we value the contribution of UNHCR towards humanity. Particularly, UNHCR played a crucial role for rehabilitation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

State Minister stressed that it is our ultimate objective as a responsibile nation to serve the humanity.

Minister of State also stated that our achievements and successes   in War on Terror and    hosting refugees have not been fully appreciated across the globe.

He also said that Interior Ministry will go extra mile to support UNHCR in the interest of humanity.

State Minister also said that UNHCR in collaboration with Government of Pakistan should take steps to highlight the Afghan  refugees issue in Pakistan. 

He added that the world community has not rendered the  due importance to the refugees issue in Pakistan in the recent past.

UNHCR representative said that Pakistan is the second Muslim country in the world that is hosting 1. 4 million Afghan refugees. She also assured that UNHCR will continue to support and assist Pakistan in resolution of refugees issue.

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