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Imran has second thoughts on citizenship for Afghans

Imran has second thoughts on citizenship for Afghans

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Sep 19, 2018 - 09:30

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday appeared to have second thoughts on the issue of granting citizenship to the Afghans born in his country.

"A final decision has not yet been made in this regard and a proposal is up for discussion," Khan said, seeking recommendations from parliamentarians.

The prime minister, speaking in the National Assembly, was responding to criticism of his statement on the issue from lawmaker Sardar Akhtar Mengal.

Mengal asked Khan to explain his remarks as a policy announced by the prime minister was actually the state policy. He said the ruling had promised the Afghan refugees would be repatriated to their country.

In response, Khan sought recommendations from MPs about the government's proposal to grant citizenship to Afghan and Bengali children born in the country.

He said government sought recommendations from all parliamentarians, who would be consulted before a final decision was made. "I will keep asking this question: What is the future of these people." Those born in Pakistan had the right to be called Pakistanis, he remarked.

“Immigrants are also humans and if we don’t take a decision on them, then we will have to face severe problems," the premier argued, saying refugees could not be forced to leave the country.

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