World Humanitarian Day being observed today August 19, 2020

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World Humanitarian Day being observed today August 19, 2020

ISLAMABAD- World Humanitarian Day is being observed on Wednesday.

In his message on the occasion, UN Secretary General António Guterres said this year the humanitarian workers are stretched like never before as they are responding to the global crisis of COVID-19.

He said we renew our appreciation and support for the brave humanitarians, health workers and first responders who show solidarity and humanity in this time of unprecedented need.

Pakistan has urged the global humanitarian fraternity to do everything it can to ameliorate the worsening humanitarian situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement issued on World Humanitarian Day on Wednesday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said the international community should play a role for lifting the year-long draconian military siege and provision of unfettered access and assistance to Kashmiri people in dire need of healthcare.

The Spokesperson said we reiterate the need for evolving a strategic approach to address humanitarian emergencies, preventing conflicts from eruption, and peacefully resolving long-standing disputes and conflicts.

He said we pay tribute to the sacrifices rendered by humanitarian workers in saving lives and providing support and protection to people affected by conflict, disasters and emergencies.

Foreign Office Spokesperson said we encourage the global community to uphold the principles of burden- and responsibility-sharing to support sustainable humanitarian responses in large refugee hosting countries.

He said the protracted refugee situations continue to impact millions of lives and should be supported by the international community in every aspect.

He said Pakistan and its people have shown exemplary generosity, compassion and hospitality in hosting more than 3 million Afghans for over 4 decades.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said we are thankful to our partners, especially the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, for helping us in taking care of Afghan Refugees.