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Pakistan police harassing Afghan refugees: Zakhilwal

Pakistan police harassing Afghan refugees: Zakhilwal

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Apr 12, 2016 - 21:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghan ambassador to Pakistaninfo-icon Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal on Tuesday said he was aware of harassment of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Also President Ashraf Ghani’s special representative for Pakistan, Zakhilwal wrote on his Facebook page that he had seriously taken up the issue of harassment of Afghan refugees at the hands of police with Pakistani officials and the international organizations concerned.

Zakhilwal also met with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan who promised to prevent the Afghans from being harassed and called a meeting of senior Khyber Pakhtunkhwa officials, including the chief minister, at his Islamabad residence next week to discuss problems the refugees faced, according to the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad.

On his FB page, Zakhilwal wrote the mistreatment of Afghans was in conflict with accepted international principles and norms.

A Facebook user, Ayub Sahel, wrote Afghans despite having valid passport and visa were also forced into paying bribes at the Torkham border crossing. He said local security authorities treated the Afghans like criminals.  

He asked Zakhilwal to pay surprise visits to Torkham dry port and the special branch police in Peshawar to know how the Afghans were insulted.

Security forces in various parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have demolished the homes of Afghans and a similar campaign has been ongoing in various parts of Khyber tribal region by security forces near the border crossing.

Pakistan has been hosting the Afghan refugees over the past three decades fleeing insecurity at home country.

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