PPP leader lashes out at PM over plans to grant Pakistani citizenship to refugees

Published: September 18, 2018
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Taj Haider. PHOTO: APP

Taj Haider. PHOTO: APP

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader Taj Haider on Monday criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan for his plans to grant citizenship to Pakistan-born refugees of Afghan and Bangladeshi origin, saying it was aimed at buying more votes for the next general elections.

“Why is the prime minister so interested in granting Pakistani citizenship to the refugees,” Haider asked while speaking in Tribune 24/7 show Beyond the News hosted by Ahmed Shah. “Apparently, it is aimed at garnering more support for the PTI in the next elections.”

According to the PPP leader, Pakistan belongs to Pakistanis and the refugees should be given the refugee status.

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Haider also critical of influx of economic migrants into Sindh, saying that it has created an imbalance in the province regarding wages and human resources.

Asked about the law granting migrants a right to citizenship, Haider said: “We are the lawmakers and should act accordingly; the law should safeguard the interest of the citizens.”

During his visit to Karachi on Sunday, Premier Imran Khan said that there was no social security system and hundreds of thousands of unregistered Afghans and Bangladeshis are living in this metropolis. They couldn’t get ID cards and passports and this is why they were being denied jobs.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Fahim
    Sep 18, 2018 - 12:09AM

    Shameless person taj haider should be sent to refuge camp in afghanistanRecommend

  • Mountain boy
    Sep 18, 2018 - 2:58AM

    Here, I will not support PPP. Recommend

  • Salim
    Sep 18, 2018 - 4:05AM

    What did just read ? I want my country back. Nobody has the right to take the land that belongs to the sons of the soil. Recommend

  • Ts
    Sep 18, 2018 - 6:50AM

    He should consult the provincesRecommend

  • Newton
    Sep 18, 2018 - 7:54AM

    Great decisionRecommend

  • Haroon
    Sep 18, 2018 - 10:28PM

    A very inhumane comment by PPP leader. Those born in Pakistan or working here for decades without breaking any laws are as much Pakistanis as any other. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 19, 2018 - 11:06AM

    Thank you for being the voice of sanity. Taj Sb. By granting these illegal residents in Sindh and Baluchistan, state shall only alienate Sindhis and Balochs thereby creating more differences. I request IK to not indulge in such matters, rather get these people registered as aliens and send them back to their respective countries. Recommend

  • Mountain boy
    Sep 19, 2018 - 5:09PM

    No one is alien. Its not a good language. If that goes then all urdu speaking and Gujrati people do not belong to Karachi. can you reverse that migration?Recommend

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