300 Afghan Clerics in Pakistan to be expelled under NAP implementation

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:27

PESHAWAR: All commissioners and DIGs are ordered by the Home and Tribal Affairs Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to expel afghan clerics from the province by submitting a report over the implementation within seven days starting today (Wednesday).

As part of the National Action Plan, documentation of 294 Afghan Paish-Imams (prayer leaders) in the province have been sent to relevant commissioners, said sources at home department.

Currently, the government has issued the Proof of Registration cards through the National Database Registration to around 1.6 million Afghan refugees legalising their stay in the country until December 2015. Moreover, there remain another two to three million unregistered Afghan nationals in the country.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has spoken against 1the forceful return of Afghanistan refugees from Pakistan, reminding the government of their obligation to protect all Afghans in the country, including those not registered as refugees.

The recent increase in the repatriation of refugees seem to indicate that the have been coerced into leaving by the local authorities, claimed HRW.

The complications faced by Afghans who have been living in Pakistan was recently highlighted in the case of Sharbat Gula, Steve McCurry’s famed 'Afghan Girl' who gained recognition for her haunting eyes on the National Geographic cover.

The photograph was likened to Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa. It was also called the First World’s Third World Mona Lisa. Seventeen years later, her “haunting eyes” would prompt Steve McCurry and his team to launch a search for her that ended in Afghanistan in 2002, when she had turned 30.

Nearly 30 years after the initial cover photograph, National Database & Registration Authority has caught up with her, for falsely claiming to be a Pakistani citizen in order to get a Computerised National Identity Card.

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