Stateless for How Long?
The treatment of the Urdu speaking community at the hands of Bangladesh and Pakistan is disgraceful. It is a shame that this community has still not been rehabilitated and has essentially lived in camps, for generations.
Both countries need to understand that children from refugee camps, are an asset waiting to be educated and can potentially contribute to the Pakistan and Bangladesh economies - both of which remain dismal at this stage.
These children will grow up with a severe identity crisis and will only be a drain on the economically active population of both countries. The poverty gap will widen and crime will skyrocket in countries that are both weak to control social problems. A framework should specifically explore the resettlement of these refugees and the rehabilitation of the Urdu speaking community. This should not be seen as a compromise, but rather an investment into the future. Munawar Hussain Dhaka, Bangladesh