Karzai faults Ghani’s remarks on Waziristanrefugees
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai on Thursday faulted his successor Ashraf Ghani’s remarks regarding Waziristan refugees, saying they are not Pakistani nationals.
A day earlier, Ghani thanked Islamabad for hosting Afghan refugees for decades. But he said, over the past two years, thousands of Pakistani refugees from Waziristan had been living in Khost and Paktika provinces.
Karzai criticised the presidential remarks, saying the Waziristantribespeople were not Pakistani citizens. Heinsisted they were Afghan nationals.
In a statement from his office, the ex-head of state hoped Ghani’s Islamabad trip would be helpful for peace and stability in Afghanistan and good relations between the neighbours.
The Durand Line passing through the heart of Afghanistan had been imposed by Britons but the Afghans had never recognised it as an international border line.
He maintained the Waziristan people had left their homes and families as a result of military operations and airstrikes by Pakistani forces and had crossed the Durand Line into Afghanistan.
“In fact, they have shifted from one home to another,” he said, reiterating the people of Waziristan could not be called Pakistani refugees. They had similar rights as other Afghans, he added.
Former presidential advisor Shahzada Massoud also said the Waziristan people had shifted to their second home and should not be considered refugees, because the Durand Line was unacceptable to Afghans.
However, political analyst Khushal Khalil rejected the criticism, accusing Karzai of looking at the negative side of everything. Not only refugees from Waziristan, but people from Balochistan and other parts of Pakistan had come to Afghanistan, he explained.
Khalil said those people had already accepted all Pakistani laws and carried the national identity cards of that country.
“Why doesKarzai call the Afghans in Pakistan refugees? He should then say the Afghans are living in their second home,” the analyst said.
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