Bengalis born in Pakistan to get citizenship


The United Nations refugee agency and local officials said that there are 2.7 million Afghans, including 1.5 million registered as refugees, in Pakistan. The displaced families have fled decades of conflict, ethnic and religious persecution, poverty and economic hardships in turmoil-hit Afghanistan.

"Those Afghans whose children are born here and have grown up in Pakistan we will also, God willing, get [passports] for them", Khan said.

Reports surfaced that Jahangir, who is Imran Khan's friend for 40 years, could become Pakistan's High Commissioner to the UK after Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is also a good friend of Sahebzada Jahangir, directed the country's High Commissioner to the UK Sahebzada Ahmed Khan to report at the Foreign Office in Islamabad after "irresponsible activity" at an awards ceremony here.

Pakistanis have long viewed Afghan refugees in particular suspiciously, with police accusing them of harassment and extortion.

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"The people of this deprived class can't get jobs without ID cards and passports, so our government has chose to issue them computerised national identity cards and passports", Khan added. According to him, newly elected Pakistan Prime Minister has been propped up by the Army of that country, and hence no radical shift is expected in the polity. Afghans are a significant portion of the almost 20 million residents in Karachi. "It is these efforts that will add up to a revolution in leadership mindset in Pakistan", the PTI tweeted.

"Prime Minister along with delegation will arrive in Abu Dhabi in the evening on 19 September", a Pakistan foreign ministry statement said.

The home secretary said they discussed security issues and mechanisms for bilateral prisoner transfers, as well as money laundering, trade and education.

"We will continue to work closely with the Government of Pakistan on this issue in the coming weeks", spokesman Qaiser Khan Afridi told AFP.