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November 15, 2019
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Amnesty International lauds PM Imran for Afghan refugees move

ISLAMABAD: Amnesty International has lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan’s directives to authorities to let registered Afghan refugees open bank accounts in the country.

The Amnesty lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan’s decision a good move to restore the self-respect of Afghan refugees.

It said that the world has turned its back towards the refugees.

Earlier in the day, the PM issued instructions to let registered Afghan refugees open bank accounts in the country.

“I have issued instructions today that Afghan refugees who are registered can open bank accounts and from now onwards they can participate in the formal economy of the country,” he tweeted on Monday.

The premier added that the decision should have been taken “a long time ago”.

Last year, the prime minister announced he will grant nationality to all Pakistan-born refugees of Afghan and Bangladeshi origins.

However, after a backlash from politicians and other quarters concerned, he said that no decision had been made, adding that he had raised refugee citizenship “just to initiate a debate”.

About 2.7 million Afghan refugees stay in Pakistan, who crossed the border after the Soviet invasion in 1979.