British MP, ex-military officers rally for Afghan interpreters
KABUL (Pajhwok):A former British field marshal has called for an immediate halt to the deportation of Afghan interpreters from the United Kingdom, a news report said on Monday.
Joined by former heads of the Royal Air Force (RAF)and then defence secretary Liam Fox, field marshal Lord Guthrie led a furious protest against the deportation of the Afghans.
According to Daily Mail, whichhas been campaigningfor the translators, politicians and military officers also asked Prime Minister David Cameron to review his policy on the interpreters.
Nearly a dozen interpreters run the risk of being deported after Home Secretary Theresa May won the right to send the Afghans back to their country.
It quoted Lord Guthrie, a former chief of defence staff, as saying: ‘It is shaming for us. The Daily Mail has my full support. I think we are incredibly mean and churlish towards these men who risked our lives to support us.”
Dr. Foxechoed his view: ‘We have a duty of care towards those willing to put their lives on the line for our forces. We should be willing to give sanctuary to those people. They put themselves at risk to guarantee the safety of our soldiers…”
Ex-naval chief Lord West remarked the UK had a debt of honour to a small number of people -- the Afghan interpreters. Britain should not deport them, as it would not send a good message around the world, he observed.
Dan Jarvis, Labour MP and former army major, also called on the Cameron government to compassion to the Afghans who had risked their lives and those of their families to help British forces.
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