Afghans Born In Pakistan To Get Citizenship

Posted September 19, 2018

The auction, which was meant to earn as much as $16 million to help fill Pakistan's coffers, netted just $600,000 on Monday, the BBC reports.

"Those Afghans whose children are born here and have grown up in Pakistan we will also, God willing, get [passports] for them", Khan said.

Pakistan is home to over 1.39 million UNHCR-registered Afghan refugees and more than 200,000 ethnic Bangladeshis, including many Rohingya.

'And those Afghans whose children have grown older here, who were born in Pakistan, they would also be issued the passports and ID cards, ' he continued.

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A government anti-trafficking unit placed the number of Bengalis living in Pakistan, many of whom fled Bangladesh for economic reasons following its independence from Pakistan in 1971, at two million in 2012, but it is unknown how many of those are long-term residents. How cruel it is for them'.

"Pakistan has said they are not going to send troops to Yemen, but Pakistani troops are on the Yemen border, so they might want some logistical support at least from Pakistan, given that the Saudis are stuck in Yemen with no way out". In fact, only a day earlier, Khan's foreign minister had "underlined the need for dignified, sustainable repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland through a gradual and time-bound plan".

In 2016 a wave of forced repatriations sparked fears of a humanitarian crisis, with Human Rights Watch issuing a scathing report describing Pakistan's "coercive" approach. Both countries accuse each other of supporting militant attacks against their respective soils.

The United Nations refugee agency welcomed Khan's announcement Monday. "We continue to subject these people to unfair treatment", the Pakistani prime minister said at a public event in the southern port city of Karachi Sunday night.

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