Relations at stake: Pakistan mistreating refugees, say Taliban

Published: February 1, 2015
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A file photo of an Afghan refugee girl in Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of an Afghan refugee girl in Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Afghan Taliban have criticised Pakistan for what it called “mistreatment” of refugees in Pakistan and warned that it could have a negative impact on relations between the two countries.

The rare criticism came amid reports that police in Peshawar and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have launched a crackdown on the refugees following the attack on the Army Public School.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan asks Pakistan authorities to restrain those police and security officials wantonly mistreating the refugees,” the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.

He also called for the immediate release of the detained refugees “so that they can return to their normal lives and ensure that no further innocent refugees are detained or mistreated”.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st, 2015.

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  • sallu
    Feb 1, 2015 - 7:25AM

    Send all the refugees back for God sake. Why are they still her?

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  • Ozair
    Feb 1, 2015 - 9:00AM

    The refugees should be sent back since Afghanistan is no longer a war zone.

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  • Ali Kamran
    Feb 1, 2015 - 11:11AM

    Enough is done for the Afghan refugees on our part. Afghanistan is a sovereign country and should take care of its citizens that had taken refuge in Pakistan. We can just facilitate their journey back home. But the process should be initiated and accelerated..

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  • Afghanistan
    Feb 1, 2015 - 11:40AM

    I think the term of refugees should not be used for afghans in Pakistan as they haven’t been given those rights mentioned in the charter of UNHCR. In Pakistan they live as if somebody live in a hotel, paying for rent, food and bills. They don’t have the right to work, buy houses, get education or etc. In contrast,when someone is given refugee status in Europe or Australia, they enjoy all those facilities which their own citizensuse enjoy. In the UK,for instance, if a student spends 10 years, he or she is given permanent presidency whereas in Pakistan one generation were born there but still they are stateless.

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  • Mubeen
    Feb 1, 2015 - 12:14PM

    Give them citizenship. Legalize them and they will take up legal professions. Besides a lot of them have grown up here. They have businesses and own land in Pakistan. They are no longer foreigners.

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  • parvez gondal
    Feb 1, 2015 - 12:40PM

    I don’t understand why refugees from Afghanistan are here?…they were here because after war and now the war is over and they should we send back without any hesitation. it’s plain and simple.

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  • Kabuli
    Feb 1, 2015 - 12:59PM

    That means Taliban don’t think those Afghans are living in Pakistan, rather they live in Afghanistan land!

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  • syntax error
    Feb 1, 2015 - 1:31PM

    ” ISLAMABAD: The Afghan Taliban have criticised Pakistan for what it called “mistreatment” of refugees in Pakistan and warned that it could have a negative impact on relations between the two countries “

    we do not have any relationship with you and we do not want any relationship with barbaric war lords. you talk about mistreatment of refugees, have you ever looked your “sympathetic” treatment of your local population.

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  • hani
    Feb 1, 2015 - 1:37PM

    Mistreatment of refugees is not justifiable in any case. what if a western country asked the same from its pakistani immigrants?

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  • Salman
    Feb 1, 2015 - 1:38PM

    Have the Taliban retaken Kabul already? I must have missed the morning news. So who do we deal with now? Ghani or Mullah Omar?

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  • Question
    Feb 1, 2015 - 6:19PM

    Pakistan takes millions of dollars from UN for upkeep of refugees, they should treat them well.

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  • Sacred
    Feb 1, 2015 - 6:49PM

    Pakistan has done a tremendous amount for these refugees. It is time that they all go back now.

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  • Parvez
    Feb 1, 2015 - 11:20PM

    Zabihullah Mujahid…… has a future as a stand up comedian.

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  • Gujrati
    Feb 2, 2015 - 4:13AM

    @Kabuli:
    That means its time to teach afghani taliban a lesson of subject “how to control your toung” or “Never mess with your masters” ………threaten pakistan and you will be crushed from inside……. :)

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  • Salman
    Feb 3, 2015 - 12:32PM

    @Afghanistan:
    You informatyional is flawed, how do u think 8 million refugees pay for the “hotel”?

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  • Salman
    Feb 3, 2015 - 12:35PM

    @Question:
    The alleged millions should go to Ghani and he should rehabilitate refugees

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