Extension in stay of Afghan refugees
Sment HOWING continued goodwill towards Afghan refugees, the govern
has once again extended the stay of Afghan refugees for another six months till December 2016 while the UNHCR, in a bid to encourage the refugees to go back home voluntarily, has also announced to double the assistance package for the refugee families opting to return to their homeland. As far as increase in the incentives is concerned, it has neither succeeded in the past nor will achieve desired results in the future as due to unregulated border crossings, the refugees receive the repatriation benefits and again return to Pakistan. This process of recycling is taking place over the last few years but neither the government nor the UNHCR has the exact figures of the recyclers.
According to UNHCR, Pakistan is hosting 1.6 million registered and one million unregistered Afghans - a mammoth population that is bearing both socio economic as well as security impact on the country. It is in this context that we have seen in recent times growing demand in different circles for the early return of these refugees. In fact, the patience of both Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces is running thin on the matter. The woes of these Provinces are very much understandable as prolonged stay of Afghans has not only overburdened their resources and infrastructure but also made it difficult for them to maintain the security and law and order situation as there are proven facts that the Afghan nationals are not only involved in different criminal activities but also their camps are serving as bastion for the terrorists. It is because of brotherly relations with Afghanistan that despite all these concerns, the government extended stay of the refugees but the relevant stakeholders should not forget that the Afghans ultimately will have to go back to their homes, and the sooner the better will be for the Afghanistan itself. For this the Afghan government supported by the international community should create necessary pull factors especially establish such a conducive peaceful environment so that the refugees voluntarily go back and integrate into their society.
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In other words, the system that made the European continent dominate the rest of the globe. Among the worst errors was the euro, a common currency that was set up on the shaky foundation of separate central banking systems, and entirely different cost structures and management cultures within a heterogeneous “union”. The other error was to repeat on a larger scale the mistake made by Helmut Kohl, who in a fit of generosity, decreed that the East German currency would be deemed equal to West German Deutschmark, which at that point in time was among most stable currencies on the planet, while East German currency was in its fundamentals depreciating at speed.
At its core, the EU is a club based on ethnicity and the myth of a common European ancestry. Hence the
AFGHANISTAN appears to have lost the voice of reason because of its own shortcomings. Taliban control majority of rural Afghanistan, corruption, bad governance and political infighting has made the Afghan administrative hollow. Afghan National Directorate of Safety (NDS), is badly infiltrated by Indian spy agency RAW. The milieu is ripe for India to exploit the situation and urge Afghanistan to attack Pakistan tooth and nail and bad mouth it at all platforms. Afghan leadership finds a convenient scapegoat in Pakistan to blame it for its own gross incompetence.
In a scathing attack, Afghan Permanent Representative to the U.N. Mahmoud Saikal has stated that Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was “tracked” and killed in Pakistan’s Balochistan in an American drone strike. He declared that the incident “exposed” that Mansour had a Pakistani passport in a fake name that he had used to fly numerous times from Pakistani airports. The Afghan diplomat accused “elements within the state structure of Pakistan” of facilitating most of the terrorist groups active in the region and said the country “needs political will” and not “nuclear deals or F-16s” to take action against terrorists.
In his statement to the powerful United Nations Security Council on the debate on U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Mahmoud Saikal went ballistic but in his tirade against Pakistan, he forget
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