Pakistani wives seek nationality for Afghan husbands
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistani women married to Afghans men rallied in the northwestern city of Peshawar against the forced repatriation of their husbands, a move that has left many families divided.
Hailing from different localities of the city, the women staged a demonstration in front of the Peshawar Press Club on Monday, chanting slogans for an end to what they called the high-handedness of security agencies.
They urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to grant their Afghan spouses Pakistani nationality.
One of the protestors told journalists: "We are reluctant to go to Afghanistan after receiving threats from individuals living in the neighbouring country. Our husbands have been deported to their homeland."
The women belong to Corporation Colony, Madina Colony, Dalazaq Road, Charsadda Road, PatangChowk, Ghareebabad and other areas. They carried placards inscribed with appeals for bringing their husband back to Pakistan.
With a child in her lap, one woman said: "I have never been to Kabul. How can I live there? My husband, who was born in Pakistan, has been repatriated to Afghanistan. He worked as a driver here, but he has no job there."
Shamim Bibi, another Pakistani woman who married an Afghan refugee, deplored her family had been split. “They have sent my husband to Afghanistan along with my sons.”
“They [Afghan men] have taken our children with them,” Shamim Bibi said. “Afghan husbands of some of the women are behind bars and so far no one has come for their defence, even the Afghanistan government is not listening to their problem.”
Afghanistan had been ruined by decades of conflict, said another protester named Shazia. Her children were born in Peshawar and have not even seen Afghanistan.Her children were studying in schools in Peshawar.
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