- “Sindh cannot bear to house more immigrants,” Ismail Rahoo says.
- He calls for organising refugee camps in border adjoining areas.
- Sindh already below strain resulting from its large inhabitants, he says.
Sindh Minister for Agriculture, Provide, and Costs Muhammad Ismail Rahoo on Monday demanded the federal authorities set up refugee camps for Afghans in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the merged districts (erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas).
The provincial minister’s demand comes three days after the entire withdrawal of overseas forces from Afghanistan appears imminent, as all of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and US troops left the most important airbase in Afghanistan.
“The borders should be sealed so that people cannot enter Pakistan due to the war in Afghanistan. Although, if migration becomes imminent, then refugee camps should be set up in areas adjacent to the Afghan border,” he mentioned.
The provincial minister highlighted that Sindh, notably Karachi, are below strain from the growing inhabitants, and because of this, there’s already a legislation and order disaster and unemployment within the metropolis, amongst a number of different points.
Rahoo mentioned that as a result of troops’ pullout in Afghanistan, there have been issues that the Afghans may begin migrating to Pakistan.
“Sindh cannot bear to house more immigrants, as the Afghans who had arrived in the province during [former president General Zia-ul-Haq’s] tenure, have not left yet,” he added.
What number of Afghan refugees are anticipated?
As many as 500,000-700,000 Afghan refugees are anticipated to come back to Pakistan, an in-camera assembly of the Parliamentary Committee on Nationwide Safety was knowledgeable final week, in accordance with sources.
The US expects to complete withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan by the tip of August, officers had mentioned Friday, after saying all American and NATO troopers had left the conflict-scarred nation’s largest airbase.
Following 20 years of battle, US President Joe Biden had set a September 11 deadline for the ultimate pullout of the few remaining troopers on the bottom.
The information Friday that American troops had left Bagram Air Base fueled expectations that the pullout can be accomplished inside days, however White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned the troops can be in another country “by the end of August.”
“The president has long felt… that the war in Afghanistan was not one that can be won militarily,” she advised reporters, including that the USA would proceed to supply safety programs and humanitarian help within the months forward.
PM Imran reiterates aspiration for peace
Earlier right now, Prime Minister Imran Khan had reiterated that Pakistan needed peace to prevail in Afghanistan, as instability within the war-torn nation would affect the area.
The premier’s feedback got here throughout his tackle at an occasion in Gwadar, the place he mentioned international locations within the area had expressed curiosity in reaping the advantages provided by the Gwadar port.
On this situation, he expressed concern over the legislation and state of affairs in Afghanistan, which he mentioned, was extraordinarily necessary for the continuity of improvement.
“We all want peace and stability to prevail in Afghanistan […] I spoke to Iran’s president, and I told him that Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries should push for a political settlement in the [war-torn] nation.”