Iran to grant citizenship to families of Pakistani 'martyrs' fighting in Syria and Iraq

Published: May 2, 2016


TEHRAN: Iran has passed a law allowing the government to grant citizenship to the families of foreigners killed while fighting for the Islamic republic, the official IRNA news agency reported Monday.

“Members of the parliament authorised the government to grant Iranian citizenship to the wife, children and parents of foreign martyrs who died on a mission… during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) and afterwards,” it said.

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Citizenship must be awarded “within a maximum period of one year after the request”, IRNA added.

Iran’s outgoing conservative-dominated parliament will serve until late May.

No figures are available on the number of foreign fighters killed during the Iran-Iraq war, but Afghans, and even a group of Iraqis, fought alongside Iranian forces against the regime of Saddam Hussein.

The law could apply to “volunteers” from Afghanistan and Pakistan who are fighting in Syria and Iraq against militants including the Islamic State group and al-Nusra Front.

Shia Iran is a staunch supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and provides financial and military support to his regime.

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Tehran says its Fatemiyoun Brigade, comprised of Afghan recruits, are volunteers defending sacred Shia sites in Syria and Iraq against Sunni extremists like those of IS.

The Islamic republic denies having any boots on the ground and insists its commanders and generals act as “military advisers” in Syria and Iraq.

Iranian media regularly report on the death of Afghan and Pakistani volunteers in Syria and Iraq, whose bodies are buried in Iran. More than three million Afghans live in Iran, one million as legal migrants.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Brekhna
    May 2, 2016 - 4:29PM

    Both Arabs and Iran exploit the poor hapless Muslims for their vested interests. Recommend

  • Irslan shah
    May 2, 2016 - 6:10PM

    Pakistan should not allow any family from relocating to Iran based on this criteria.
    As it has significant consequences for our relationship with other Sunni and Arab countries.Recommend

  • vinsin
    May 2, 2016 - 6:42PM

    Arabs cannot be held responsible for non-arabs being Muslims.Recommend

  • abdullah
    May 2, 2016 - 9:13PM

    Saudis and iranians cant have peace and as a result lots of dumb people are ready to die from afghanistan and pakistan.So why not.let them go for once and dont let them come back ever again to pakistan.Recommend

  • Adil
    May 2, 2016 - 11:22PM

    Dear reporter plz don’t fabricate the basic news to have dramatized effects. News came differently in other newspapers and I didn’t yet find it in IRNA… Plz wake up if u r doing it in innocence .. A patriot Pakistani
    Readers may visit same news clip in Israel times..
    Other Pak newspapers also did same..
    Plz have courage and don’t remove my comments rather reply me by mailRecommend

  • NHA
    May 2, 2016 - 11:45PM

    This is an admission that Iran is exploiting Pakistani Shia community. This is interference .
    India is granting nationality to Hindu citizens of Pakistan. Similar policies for common cause.

    Does that prove that Iran and India are in league . No wonder Indian spy was caught using Iranin soil. Recommend

  • salman
    May 3, 2016 - 2:01AM

    Good riddance Recommend

  • ashfaq
    May 3, 2016 - 2:44AM

    Government should hunt down all those Pakistani’s fighting in Syria and Iraq because they then do same terrorist acts here after there return after butchering people there in the shape of ISIS or by using any other name.And there should be no problem to any body if anyone is defending his religious sites from these terrorists… yes if Iran is using Pakistani citizens against Pakistan then we should raise our voice in international community against them…Recommend

  • NHA
    May 3, 2016 - 10:07AM

    Citizens of Pakistan must be warned that their involvement in any conflict outside of Pakistan is against the international law and that they must not involve them selves in any such situation.

    The people accepting citizenship of India or Iran should be brought to book for colluding with foreign powers.

    Non-interference is Pakistan’s policy and citizens of Pakistan must also follow this.

    Ministry of Interior should launch an information campaign strongly advising people gainst such moves by foriegn powers.Recommend

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