PM Imran orders relief package for Afghan refugees, IDPs

Published April 1, 2020
Funds will be allocated form the Rs200 billion earmarked for poor farmers. — Twitter/File
Funds will be allocated form the Rs200 billion earmarked for poor farmers. — Twitter/File

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to prepare a relief package for the Afghan refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) facing hardship due to the coronavirus epidemic.

The directives came during a meeting of the federal cabinet following a request by Minister for States and Frontier Regions (Safron) Shehryar Afridi.

The prime minister gave the directives regarding allocation of funds for the IDPs and refugees from the Rs200 billion earmarked for poor farmers.

Following the meeting, the minister told reporters that around 2.8 million refugees were living in 52 refugee camps across the country, of which 80 per cent were daily wage earners.

Published in Dawn, April 1st, 2020

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