Afghan diplomat slams harassment of refugees in Pakistan
Newly-appointed Consul General Dr Abdullah Waheed Poyan commended efforts by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) to convince the Taliban to join peace negotiations.
Addressing a news conference in Peshawar, Poyan believed the process would help eliminate misperceptions between the neighbours. He said President Ashraf Ghani wanted to bolster relations with Pakistan and bridge the trust deficit.
“Both Pakistan and Afghanistan have suffered a lot due to militancy, which cannot be eliminated from either country without coordination and support,” he said, stressing efforts for the restoration of peace in the region.
Afghanistan desired equal relations with all countries, the diplomat said, calling for better bilateral links with Pakistan in all fields, especially trade and commerce. He said Afghanistan maintained balance in relations with Pakistan and India.
Poyan denounced the recent terrorist assault on the Bacha Khan University as an attack on humanity. He said Bacha Khan was not only “Fakhr-i-Afghan (Pride of Afghans), but was also pride of humanity.
He deplored the harassment of registered Afghan refugees by police in Peshawar and other parts of Pakistan. He said that Afghans would never forget the brotherly attitude and hospitality of the local people.
The consul general explained: “I don’t blame the police department as a whole, but some of its officials harass refugees on roads and streets on the pretext of checking their documents.”
About the six-month extension of Proof of Registration cards for documented Afghan refugees, Poyan said discussions were underway with Pakistan on extending the validity of the cards till 2017.
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