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Afghan refugee camps 'safe havens' for terrorists: Aziz‏

Published Jun 21, 2016 06:58am


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ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Monday said that Afghan refugee camps within Pakistan turned into safe havens for terrorists after the country's armed forces destroyed the militants' infrastructure in tribal areas.

In an interview with SAMAA TV, he said the issue of Afghan refugees has become a security issue for Pakistan as these refugee camps have become "safe havens for terrorists" due to unregulated movement.

"We have re-established our writ over FATA but if Afghan border remains unregulated, our tribal areas can't stay safe."

Calling for repatriation of Afghan refugees, he said that the repatriation will be a gradual movement and Pakistan will need a plan of action for the process.

Related: Afghan govt seeks extension in stay of refugees in Pakistan

Answering a question, he said the Monday meeting between Afghan delegation and Pakistan's diplomatic staff was conducted in a friendly environment and both sides agreed upon developing a mechanism for border management.

About the recent tensions with Afghanistan, Aziz claimed that Pakistan is paying for the policies it adopted during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, "5million refugees came here, along with drugs, guns bringing instability to Pakistan".

"Then occured 9/11 and then the Mujahideen that we, US and other countries jointly created were thrown out (from Afghanistan) into our tribal areas and then started a wave of suicide attacks and terrorism which killed more than 7000 Pakistanis," said Aziz.

He added that when the current government came into power, it decided to pursue the policy of non-interference which means Pakistan will not fight someone else's wars.

'Pakistan only hurdle to Indian hegemony in region'

Answering a question about Pakistan, India relations, he said that India has always tried to maintain its hegemony in the South Asian region.

"But Pakistan rejected this hegemony and has effectively protected its interests and its stance over Kashmir, nuclear deterrence and conventional balance," said Aziz.

He maintained that "protecting Pakistan's sovereignty and vital interests is a great achievement as a nation".

Related: India never opened window of opportunity for talks: Aziz


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irfan_Sydney Jun 21, 2016 07:29am

And you realised this now, Mr Aziz ? Thank God!. In case you are not up to date, USSR has broken into 15 countries and East and West Germany are one country. In English they say "It is better late than never" So are you going to do something about it ?

Cavalier Jun 21, 2016 08:03am

Send the refugees back.

Common Pakistani Jun 21, 2016 08:04am

Well said Mr Aziz...keep our nation strong. We will not be afraid of anything that will be in our national interest

Dr. Salaria, Aaminr Ahmad? Jun 21, 2016 08:06am

It it is true then why doesn't the Pakistani government close down these Afghan refugee camps and send back the refugees to their homes?

ABC Jun 21, 2016 08:12am

You're late to realize that.

Qaisar Jun 21, 2016 08:19am

Very wise long term decision by Pakistan. Well done Sir

AXH Jun 21, 2016 08:24am

We all know how the refugees have negatively impacted the atmosphere in Pakistan. The question is, what are you doing about it?

indian _zaid hamid Jun 21, 2016 08:55am

this situation suit's all. India has got 90% of what it needed with waiver, what it is aiming is aim plus. usa can use NSG carrot o ensure india is with them against china, its uses fear of India 's entry into nsg as stick to ensure Pakistan behaves. china has captive client who can not afford to buy anything , except from china, as it is only country which is ready to sell nuclear reactor to Pakistan.

Qaisar Jun 21, 2016 09:08am

@AXH we want to send them back but Afghan and UN is slow doing their side of job

Hitesh Jun 21, 2016 09:07am

Why this guy always talk about only Afghanistan and India?

hitman Jun 21, 2016 09:22am

act fast!

PARVEZ PC CHOWDHURY Jun 21, 2016 09:25am

good to know that.

Bin Ismail Jun 21, 2016 09:35am

We are realizing all this, and that too reluctantly, after loosing 70,000 civilians and 7,000 security personnel. No foresight - no hindsight.

aks Jun 21, 2016 10:01am

pakistan is a such a slow that a problem( bngladeshi refugee) which india sensed in 1971 . it took 40 years for pakistan to understood the same

anil sahu Jun 21, 2016 10:39am

@Hitesh because elderly people always chanting same tune everytime

aks Jun 21, 2016 10:52am

@Hitesh good observation

Ahmed bin Babar Jun 21, 2016 10:52am

So after 35 years we know or admit this unfortunate reality..?!

Rizwan Jun 21, 2016 11:03am

Mr Aziz is right in accepting that all governments past and present never fought Pakistan wars, we always fought for non pakistani cause, now these Afghan refugees have become biggest hurdle for peace in pakistan, now its not easy to send them back

atif khan Jun 21, 2016 11:07am

@Hitesh you mean should not talk about afghanistan and india, and leave it same as afghan refugees issue to bother us in future when things will be out of control.

Ind Jun 21, 2016 11:45am

@Hitesh because India and its agent on Afghan side are constant headache for Pak

Ind Jun 21, 2016 11:46am

Agreed Sir. keep it up

Rajan Talwar Jun 21, 2016 11:46am

No policy decision yet whether to send back or not.

A Jun 21, 2016 11:48am

So now we realized this after sacrificing so much, isn't that strange?

Kamran Jun 21, 2016 11:55am

Agree with Aziz sahab.

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Jun 21, 2016 12:16pm

Now you are talking some sense.

SR Khan Jun 21, 2016 12:17pm

Please send all the refugees back to their home country

Arun-KS Jun 21, 2016 12:22pm

@Hitesh Correct! There are other aspects of foreign affairs too.

Desi Dimag Jun 21, 2016 12:26pm

Pakistanis are so innocent.

Ali jee Jun 21, 2016 01:07pm

@Hitesh because both countries are no good for no one

hitesh Jun 21, 2016 01:10pm

@atif khan - I did not mean that. What I meant was that he should occasionally talk about other countries too. Otherwise isn't it luxury to have a dedicated person just to talk about India and Afghanistan??

Asif Kashmiri Jun 21, 2016 01:24pm

FINALLY - When are we taking an action against them is all I am interested in.

Shakil USA Jun 21, 2016 03:54pm

About time to realized that was long due. Time to act and act fast. These terrorist has destroy Pakistan image around the world.

Shakil USA Jun 21, 2016 03:55pm

@irfan_Sydney - agreed sir.

Kaleem Jun 23, 2016 07:13pm

Afghanis please go back.we have alot of others problems for us

Syed Chishti Jun 23, 2016 11:35pm

Pakistan cannot afford anymore of this sort of lawlessness in the entire country & cannot have this kind of continued terrorism from its hosted refugee camps,"Afghan refugee camps 'safe havens' for terrorists: Aziz‏."

Afghan refugee camps must be strongly guarded 24/7 &its inhabitants monitored,accounted for&contained for their inhabitants usage as terrorist in Pakistan.All sources either that happens through indigenous or through sponsored infiltration in these camps or with direct or indirect funding's from neighboring countries must be stopped.

Pakistan must guard its border's systematically for those two archenemies neighboring countries who infiltrate terrorist&conduct terrorism in Pakistan through these refugee camps and otherwise by recruiting locals.

Most of the terrorism will stop in Pakistan if government of Pakistan de-weaponize all Afghan refugee camps at the earliest and returns all Afghan refugee's living illegally in Pakistan.

Though tough task. But must be done.