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

Taj Haider says PM Imran's move is aimed at buying votes for the next general elections

News Desk September 17, 2018
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.


Mountain boy | 3 years ago | Reply 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?
Pakistani | 3 years ago | Reply 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.
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