Since the Imran Khan led PTI has come into power, all one hears and sees is ‘tabdeeli’. Keeping in line with the spirit of tabdeeli, Imran Khan has announced that any refugee be it Afghan or Bangladeshi, will be granted the citizenship of Pakistan. The newly elected Prime Minister’s actual aim behind this step was to be able to control street crime in Pakistan by providing nationality to Afghan refugees born in Pakistan as well as Bengali.
What Led To This Remarkable Decision?
On his recent visit to Karachi, Prime Minister Imran Khan was surprised at the appalling condition of law and order in the city of lights. The high crime rate and atrocious cases in one of the most important city in Pakistan, left him shocked. He chaired a meeting with the law enforcing agencies of Sindh, to shed light on this matter.
The meeting was attended by the Sindh Police and representatives from various intelligence agencies and the new premiere asked them for suggestion to put a stop to street crime, as well as de-weaponize the streets to make them safe.
An important issue raised was that since migrants don’t have any form of ID, no CNIC cards nor passports, they are not hired for any job. This leads to them being deprived of social security, as they roam unregistered and unemployed through the city of lights. Since unemployment is one of the major known causes for high crime rate, this issue needed to be addressed as quickly as possible. Consequently Imran Khan reached a solution where Pakistan will grant citizenship to all Bengali and Afghan refugees born in Pakistan.
The Reaction To Allow Nationality To Afghan Refugees Is Mixed!
The reaction to this proposed decision is mixed. A majority of the public is appreciating this decision whereas it also critized by many! The decision to grant nationality to Afghan refugees born in Pakistan was not received well by the politicians of Sindh. Most of the Sindhi Nationalist groups voiced their reservation over Imran Khan’s plan to issue CNIC’s to Pakistan-born immigrants.
The proposed decision was lauded by many!
In an unprecedented move, PM Imran Khan has announced that Bengalis born in Pakistan will be given Pakistani citizenship. This is extraordinary on so many levels.
— Maria Memon (@Maria_Memon) September 16, 2018
— Shad Begum (@ShadBegum) September 17, 2018
Some were clearly disappointed!
Children of Bengalis & Afghan refugees to be given Pak citizenship: Imran Khan
Seems like we have learnt nothing in the past 70 years. Ethno/Religious militancy and subversive movements will continue to ravage the state for decades to come. This is disgraceful. #PMinKarachi
— Asfandyar Bhittani (@BhittaniKhannnn) September 16, 2018
ہمیں پاکستانی بنگالیوں کی شناختی کارڈ کی مشکلات کو دور کرنے پر اعتراض نہیں.
غیر قانونی طور پر مقیم غیر ملکیوں کو شہریت دینے پر شدید اعتراض ہے انکی رجسٹریشن ہونی چاہیے,اگر وہ کام کررہےہیں تو اسکی اجازت دینے کا راستہ تلاش کرنا چاہئیے لیکن پاکستانی شہریت دینے سے مسائل پیدا ہونگے
— Senator Saeed Ghani (@SaeedGhani1) September 16, 2018
A philanthropist at heart, Imran Khan attempted to resolve the issues faced by Karachi, but faced backlash from the local nationalist bodies even though this idea was well received by human rights activists. It is yet to be seen how PTI works out the kinks and if such a policy really is sent into motion.