Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Caretaker PM Stresses National Security in Addressing Migration Challenges

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar emphasized Pakistan's commitment to building a safer, more peaceful, and prosperous nation while addressing the challenges posed by mass migration. Kakar expressed concern over compromising national security by accommodating a significant number of undocumented individuals and highlighted the global struggle with migration issues.

The UK government's plan to deport illegal immigrants to Rwanda and the challenges faced by countries like France, Italy, and Germany in managing the impact of mass migration. Prime Minister Kakar acknowledged Pakistan's unique situation, having generously accommodated between four and five million migrants over the last three to four decades.

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Despite being a non-signatory to the 1951 Convention on Refugees, Pakistan has worked tirelessly to fulfill its legal, moral, and humanitarian obligations. Kakar outlined the socio-economic and security costs associated with this large influx, citing concerns about individuals working in the black market, evading taxes, and being susceptible to exploitation by criminal elements with links to terrorist organizations.

The prime minister highlighted the need for a balance between human rights and the realities on the ground. He shared concerns about security issues, including suicide attacks by Afghan nationals inside Pakistan, prompting the government to heed the advice of the interim Afghan government to address the situation.

Kakar outlined Pakistan's repatriation program, emphasizing voluntary, safe, and dignified repatriation. He noted that 93% of those who returned to Afghanistan did so voluntarily, and the government has prioritized the welfare of deportees, providing free meals, shelter, medical facilities, and additional crossing points on the Pakistan-Afghan border.

Reflecting on the abrupt withdrawal of Western allies from Afghanistan in August 2021, Kakar acknowledged the new influx of refugees into Pakistan. He stressed the need for support from other countries, particularly in resettling at-risk groups, such as musicians, journalists, and human rights activists.

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Raheel J.M
Raheel J.M
Raheel, a Karachi-based reporter, is at the forefront of political journalism, providing insightful coverage that transcends the bustling landscape of Pakistan's political sphere. With an unwavering commitment to delivering accurate and comprehensive news, Raheel's work is marked by a keen understanding of the intricate dynamics shaping the political landscape.
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