Fazlur Rehman warns against forced repatriation of refugees
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s rightwing political leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman has warned against forced repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland.
Also the head of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, a coalition partner of the ruling party, he said the “forced repatriation” of Afghan refugees would instill hostility among Afghans against Pakistan.
Addressing a gathering in Islamabad on Monday, he said: “It would not be appropriate to send the refugees, whom Pakistan hosted for 35 years, back to the land of war and blood.”
“We cannot afford to lose the sympathies of Afghan refugees by sending them back forcibly,” he said, adding the security situation in Afghanistan was not conducive.
The pro-Taliban cleric went on to remark: “We can take care of Afghan refugees for a year or more but cannot push them back to the valley of death.”
Like the JUI- the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) led by Mehmood Khan Achakzai also opposes the government’s plan for the repatriation of Afghan refugees.
Pakistan has set December 31, 2016deadline for the repatriation of Afghan refugees. In recent months, Islamabad has repeatedly ruled out any extension in the deadline.
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