Afghan refugees came to Peshawar in 1979, when Soviet Union invaded in Afghanistan. At that time Afghan refugees were in so difficult conditions because they lost their homes, and source of income, almost 3 million refugees came to Pakistan. They needed support, not only morally but also socially and financially which was given by Pakistan and its people. But what have they given us in return?

Most of these refugees have now got Pakistani citizenship; a large number of these people are illiterate. Most crossed the Durand line without any scrutiny check. Our policy makers should think about it and find some alternative strategy to this longstanding issue. These cross-border free movements are one of the main issues for our lapsed security. It may play an important role in securing our borders and bringing peace to Pakistan.


Rawalpindi, January 15.