Acting Defense Minister, Mawlawi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, criticized the treatment of Pakistan’s caretaker government towards the Afghan refugees, saying that the decision to expel Afghans had been taken unilaterally and that Pakistan should consider the consequences of such actions.
In an audio clip, Mujahid called on the regime in Pakistan to not “be cruel to the Afghans, not seize their personal property and assets.”
“They cannot do it by any law or rule. Such actions will be questioned,” he said. “We will attempt with all our capacity to prevent it and will not allow anyone to seize and steal the personal property of our Afghan brothers.”
He also urged the international community, UN and other organizations to press Pakistan to end “the current situation towards the refugees.”
“Even though it sends the refugees to their country, they [refugees] should be sent to the country with dignity and return to their homeland,” he said.
Yaqoob warned that the ongoing situation is severely damaging the relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan. “So, the Pakistani regime should think of the consequences of whatever it is doing. It should plant as much as it will be able to reap,” he stated.
He also called the decision of Pakistan regarding the Afghan refugees was unilateral, saying that “we do not accept at all.”