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Sindh demands setting up refugee camps in Punjab, KP

Rahoo says due to troops' pullout in Afghanistan, there were concerns the Afghans might start migrating to Pakistan

By Web Desk
July 05, 2021
Sindh Minister for Agriculture, Supply, and Prices Muhammad Ismail Rahoo. — Facebook
Sindh Minister for Agriculture, Supply, and Prices Muhammad Ismail Rahoo. — Facebook

The federal government should set up refugee camps for Afghans in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the merged districts (erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas), Sindh Minister for Agriculture, Supply, and Prices Muhammad Ismail Rahoo said on Monday.

"The borders should be sealed so that people cannot enter Pakistan due to the war in Afghanistan. Although, if migration becomes imminent, then refugee camps should be set up in areas adjacent to the Afghan border," he said.

The provincial minister's demand comes three days after the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan seems imminent, as all the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and US troops left the largest airbase in Afghanistan.

The provincial minister highlighted that Sindh, particularly Karachi, are under pressure from the increasing population, and as a result, there is already a law and order crisis and unemployment in the metropolis, among several other issues.

Rahoo said that due to the troops' pullout in Afghanistan, there were concerns that the Afghans might start migrating to Pakistan.

"Sindh cannot bear to house more immigrants, as the Afghans who had arrived in the province during [former president General Zia-ul-Haq's] tenure, have not left yet," he added.