Pakistan is home to millions of refugees from neighbouring countries. Of them, some are living here illegally and even have acquired CNICs and other documents through malicious means — a fact confirmed by the interior ministry as well. Pakistan is already facing a myriad of challenges, and illegal settlers have further compounded its woes. Besides this, their access to relevant documents will help them purchase property and get jobs. As a result, many locals will be deprived of their legitimate right to earn a livelihood. Furthermore, many of these refugees are also involved in violence in urban cities, especially in Karachi, according to a minister of the Sindh government.
Our authorities should keep a vigil on illegal immigrants and their activities. The incumbent government needs to initiate a programme whereby these migrants are legally included into the overall system or send them back to their respective countries.
Abdul Hafeez Jatoi
Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2021.