ANP stresses end to harassment of Afghan refugees
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Awami National Party (ANP), a leading Pakhtun nationalist political entity, has called for an immediate end to the harassment of Afghan refugees in different parts of Pakistan.
At a meeting of its Central General Council,chaired by Asfandyar Wali Khan, the party on Tuesday stressed the need for sorting out dispute with neighbours, particularly Afghanistan, on a priority basis.
“Confrontation and disputes with neighbouring countries have damaged the international image and internal situation of the country. The government’s claims of regional economic cooperation have become a mere dream,” the participants said.
Forced repatriation of Afghan refugees was a flagrant violation of international laws, the meeting said,recommending the issue should be resolved through talks with the government in Kabul.
The party denounced terrorism as the root cause of the problems being faced by Pakistan and the region at large. It warned against the wave of anti-Pakhtun terrorism, saying the nation was specifically targeted by terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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