Pakistani, UN officials urge Afghan peace settlement at refugee summit in Islamabad

Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan addresses the Refugee Summit in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is on a three-day visit to meet with country’s top leadership and attend an international conference to recognize 40 years of Afghans living as refugees. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

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UPDATED 6:00 PM PT — Monday, February 17, 2020

Pakistan hosted a UN Conference to discuss the future of Afghan refugees in the country.

While speaking at the Refugee Summit Monday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said the majority of Afghans exiled from their country want to eventually come back home.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, attends the Refugee Summit with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

“Who wants to be a refugee? It is probably the most difficult decision for a human being to leave his home.” stated Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan

Pakistan hosted roughly 1.4 million Afghans, who have been displaced due to an ongoing war.

For their part, UN officials urged a long-term peace agreement and political dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

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Pro-Pakistani activists rally in London to denounce human rights violations in Kashmir

Members of a civil society group “Youth Forum for Kashmir” participate in an anti-India demonstration in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Kashmiris are observing the Indian Republic Day as Black Day in Pakistan. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

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UPDATED 5:02 PM PT — Sunday, January 26, 2020

Hundreds of pro-Pakistani activists descended on an Indian diplomatic mission in London to decry ongoing tensions in the disputed province of Kashmir. At Sunday’s rally, Muslim activists accused India of what they called “ethnic cleansing” and the killing of innocent people in Kashmir.

“I’m here from Leeds to tell the world that what the Indians are doing in Kashmir is not right,” stated one protester.

Indian authorities said they are fighting Islamic terror elements in the province. However, activists claimed the decades long divided region of Kashmir poses a human rights issue.

“Today is Black Day, because the Kashmir citizens don’t have any democratic rights. They’ve been under occupation of India for 72 years. Today is one of many protests occurring in London to protest against atrocities and the human rights violations that have been occurring.” – Nila Kahn, human rights campaigner

Protesters further accused India of sectarian segregation and the repression of non-Hindu residents of Kashmir.

The rally also coincided with the Independence Day of India and the Freedom of Kashmir Day.

Indian soldiers march during Indian Republic day parade in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The day marks the anniversary of India’s democratic constitution taking force in 1950. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

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