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Pakistan has to date not taken in a single refugee: Sheikh Rasheed

Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed
Federal Inside Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed mentioned Monday that Pakistan has to date not given the standing of refugee to a single particular person from Afghanistan.

“I can affirm as your [the] inside minister that we’ve not given the standing of a refugee to even a single particular person,” he shared throughout a information convention, a day earlier than the US and different international troops full their pullout from the war-ravaged nation.

The inside minister’s feedback got here as 1000’s of Afghans have sought to go away the nation for the reason that Taliban took management of the nation final month. The US had additionally requested Pakistan to offer transit amenities after which Islamabad made preparations on the metropolis’s motels.

Rasheed clarified that folks from Afghanistan arrive in Pakistan through the Chaman border each day after which return to their nation, including that this was “a traditional exercise.”

Relating to any doable inflow of individuals from Afghanistan, he mentioned that Pakistan has “made preparations to accommodate 3,000 folks in Islamabad solely,” including that “any particular person from any nationality, who involves Pakistan from Afghanistan, will likely be granted a transit visa of 21 days.”

He added that as of now, 1,627 folks have entered Pakistan through the air route, whereas over 2,100 folks arrived via the land route at Torkham.

“We had been anticipating an enormous refugee inflow from Afghanistan, however not a single particular person got here to Pakistan as a refugee.”

He mentioned Pakistan Military is “the world’s best military”, including that they’d fenced the border and had been conserving an in depth watch over the motion of individuals.

Talking additional about developments in Afghanistan, the minister mentioned that Pakistan had evacuated all however 30-40 residents from the nation.

“These 30-40 folks wish to stay in Afghanistan. They obtained married there and now have households. They instructed us they’re completely happy in Afghanistan,” he added.

‘Risk of terrorism from India’

The minister lashed out at India, saying that New Delhi can use militant teams to hold out subversive actions in Pakistan. He mentioned Islamabad hoped Afghanistan wouldn’t permit its territory for use towards Pakistan.

Rasheed mentioned Pakistan was the one nation on the earth that had sacrificed 80,000-plus lives to determine peace in Afghanistan and the area. He censured India, saying that the “nation’s information channels try to malign Pakistan via propaganda.”

Whereas talking in regards to the presence of Daesh in Afghanistan, he mentioned that Pakistan is hopeful that the Taliban wouldn’t let their soil be used towards its neighbouring nation.

“Daesh fighters are current in Nuristan and within the mountains of Kunar,” he admitted.

Rasheed lashes out at PDM

Throughout the press convention, the inside minister took pictures on the Pakistan Democratic Motion (PDM), saying that the Opposition’s “timing and tuning” had been each tousled.

“Opposition ought to put together for the following elections,” he suggested. “Their narrative won’t get acceptance among the many lots.”

Rasheed mentioned that the Opposition was not conscious of Pakistani politics, including that they had been targeted on petty points whereas Pakistan’s politics was headed in the direction of worldwide issues.

“Final December, you had been coming for our resignations. You may be trapped [if you try again],” he mentioned in response to PDM’s announcement of a march in the direction of Islamabad.

The minister mentioned that the folks of Pakistan had been now conscious of political points, including that by the point the following basic elections are held, all pending NAB instances will likely be resolved.

In response to a different query, Rasheed urged UK authorities to take Pakistan off the pink listing. He declined to touch upon a query regarding a ban on social media.