Afghans Born In Pakistan To Get Citizenship

Frederick Owens
September 18, 2018

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was sworn in as Pakistan prime minister in August.

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.

Responding to a question on incidents of infiltration at the border after the change of government in Pakistan, VK Singh said, "Did you all expect a change?"

Imran Khan has vowed to grant citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees born in Pakistan.

There are also roughly a quarter of a million Bengalis, many of whom arrived in 1971, when East Pakistan broke away to declare independence and become Bangladesh.

Stating that there is a need for continued and uninterrupted dialogue with India, he said, "We are neighbours".

He informed that under the global convention, the refugees can not be forced to go back to their homeland.

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Khan noted in his nationally televised remarks that without Pakistani national identification cards and passports, the refugees have been unable to find decent legal jobs or get a quality education in local institutions.

This is a human rights issue, the PM said. Afghans are a significant portion of the almost 20 million residents in Karachi.

Khan also said undocumented Bengali immigrants living in Pakistan would be given passports.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar and Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry are accompanying the premier in his visit to the kingdom.

"The Prime Minister will meet Saudi leadership and will discuss regional and worldwide issues", another senior government official said. "It was a year ago so that's history so we will enter the ground with a new strategy and passion", he added. Both countries accuse each other of supporting militant attacks against their respective soils.

"Nothing has come from the government's (Pakistan) side".

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