Afghan refugees reg­is­tra­tion in­evitable

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - STAFF REPORTER

PESHAWAR—The Chief Min­is­ter Khy­ber Pukhtunkhwa Pervez Khat­tak has termed reg­is­tra­tion of Afghan refugees stay­ing in Pak­istan es­sen­tial in larger in­ter­est of the re­gion. He clar­i­fied that refugees were not is­sue but the ba­sic prob­lem was stay of non reg­is­tered for­eign­ers at our soil wherein se­ri­ous steps were re­quired to fix it. This he said while talk­ing to Afghan Am­bas­sador des­ig­nate in Pak­istan Dr. Umar Zakhail Waal at CM Sec­re­tariat Peshawar on Thurs­day. Chief Sec­re­tary Am­jad Ali, Sec­re­tary Home, IGP, Com­mis­sioner Peshawar and other con­cerned au­thor­i­ties were also present.

Over­all Law & Or­der sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion, repa­tri­a­tion of Afghan Refugees and other mat­ters of mu­tual in­ter­est were dis­cussed thread­bare on this oc­ca­sion. Afghan Am­bas­sador ap­prised the Chief Min­is­ter of the prob­lems be­ing faced by afghan refugees in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa. He how­ever ap­pre­ci­ated the co­op­er­a­tion of pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment and that of Po­lice Depart­ment say­ing that he him­self wanted that all the Afghan refugees go back to their home­land with hon­our soon. How­ever, he said that the un­pleas­ant sit­u­a­tion of law & or­der in Afghanistan forced the refugees to come­back to Pak­istan. He as­sured to re­solved hur­dles in this re­spect.

Pervez Khat­tak said that com­bat­ing the chal­lenges jointly by fore see­ing the sen­si­tiv­ity of the cir­cum­stances was prime obli­ga­tion of both the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. He said that ba­sic is­sue was not of refugees but that of non reg­is­tered for­eign na­tion­als as he said we were fac­ing enor­mous threats at the mo­ment and reg­is­tra­tion of all for­eign­ers in­clud­ing Afghan refugees was a must in this re­gard.

IGP Nasir Khan Dur­rani, while high­light­ing law & or­der sit­u­a­tion, threats and se­cu­rity obli­ga­tions said that there was no dis­crim­i­na­tion with the Afghan refugees in re­spect of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion but across the board check­ing was be­ing un­der­taken of the peo­ple and even a Pak­istani faced le­gal pro­ceed­ings for not hav­ing iden­tity card. The Afghan am­bas­sador as­sured all out co­op­er­a­tion for peace in the re­gion im­prov­ing fra­ter­nal re­la­tions be­tween the two brotherly coun­tries and sort­ing out the prob­lems faced by the peo­ple on both sides of the bor­der.

Peshawar: Chief Min­is­ter of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khat­tak talk­ing to a del­e­ga­tion of Afghans led by Am­bas­sador Dr Umar Zakhil Wal at CM House on Thurs­day.

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