Several parties want Islamabad to extend Afghans’ stay
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Several Pakistani political parties have asked the federal government to take its cue from Iran and allow Afghans refugees to stay in the country for another five years.
The call came at a meeting called by Jamiat Ulema-i-Islami (JUI) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman at his residence in Islamabad on Thursday.
Mehmood Khan Achakzai of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), AfrasiyabKhattak of the Awami National Party (ANP, Jamaat-i-Islami chief Sirajul Haq, Adviser to Prime Minister Amir Muqam and representatives of the Qaumi Watan Party attended the meeting.
The participants promised playing their role in checking the alleged persecution and harassment of Afghans in the country.“We want the government to extend the Afghans’ stay till 2021, as Iran has done,” Fazlur Rehman said.
Achakzai said the Afghans had been living in Pakistan for a long time and they had been welcomed into the country by the authorities. Their forced repatriation was a violation of international norms, he added.
All Afghans arrested for staying illegally in the country should be released and given legal status by granting them work permits, the participants demanded.
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