PRC demands early repatriation of stranded Pakistanis - By : Syed Mussarat Khalil

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On 45th anniversary of fall of Dhaka, Pakistan Repatriation Council (PRC) organized symposium titled "Repatriation of stranded Pakistanis our national obligationĒ at Salt & Pepper restaurant on Friday.

It was presided by renowned scholar and ex-diplomat Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi. Other guests and speakers including Shahid Nayeem, President, Mohammad Jamil Rathore general secretary Pakistan Journalists Forum (PJF), Engineer Syed Neaz Ahmed, President, Pakistan Writers Forum (PWF), Sardar Iqbal Yousuf, chairman, and Khursheed Ahmed, general secretary, Jammu Kashmir Committee overseas, Choudhry Rizwan Rasheed, Chairman and Choudhry Riaz Ghumman general secretary, Pakistan Media Group (PMG), noted community member Khalid Jawed, Shamsuddin Altaf, Syed Naseer uddin, Syed Ghazanfar Hassan, Mohammad Ashfaque Badayouni, Mohammad Amanatullah, Agha Akram and Fayyaz Quraishi.

Deputy convener Hamid Islam Khan conducted and welcomed the guests. He said Pakistan should use UNO, USA and other countries to influence India to ensure plebiscite in Kashmir according to the will of its people. He said Kashmiris must be included in all the negotiation of team of India and Pakistan.

Khan condemn brutal attack by terrorists in army public school Peshawar in 2014 and demand capital Islamic punishment to terrorists so any terrorist never dare to attack peaceful citizens again.

He praised contribution of Nawai waqt fund, OBAT Helpers, IDB, MWDO, FOH and other organisations for extending help to alleviate miseries of stranded Pakistanis in the camps.

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi said in his presidential address that fall of Dhaka is a tragic event not only for Pakistan but for the whole Muslim world which has long term effect on Ummah. One of the major effect is the quarter million patriotic Pakistanis who stood with the army to safeguard Pakistanís integrity and solidarity are languishing in camps for over 45 years for their loyalty to Pakistan.

He reminded Pakistanis about Quaid-e-Azamís message that without sacrifice of Muslims of Bihar Pakistan would never have come into existence. So donít let those patriotic Pakistanis perish in Bangladeshi camps. Those Urdu speaking Pakistanis will never be able to merge into Bengali society.

When Nawaz Sharif became prime minister for third time we were expecting his action for the repatriation of stranded Pakistanis but unfortunately in 3 years there is no eminent steps taken to rescue. I would to refer to Prophet Mohammad(s) message that Allah wants the rulers to take care; give justice and respect to down trodden of countryís society to get Allahís blessing and mercy. I am sure that organisations e.g. MWL, OIC, IDB ; UNHCR will extend financial help to Pakistan to execute the project.

It was astonishing that a Committee in Senate created to solve stranded Pakistanis issue under Senator Sartaj Aziz in October 2015 also did not take any measures. He appealed to Pakistanís judiciary to take Sumo to notice for those people who are denied basic rights of Pakistani citizenship which they were holding at the time of surrender and never gave up and never accepted Bangladeshi citizenship, so by all legitimacy they are Pakistanis.

He also appealed Bangladeshi government to extend basic facilities e.g. food, housing, medical, education; employment etc to let them live like human.

Engineer Syed Neaz Ahmed said that Muslims of Bengal and Bihar played vital role in creation of Pakistan. He said It is our duty to bring stranded Pakistani and settle in Pakistan. He also urged to improve the relationship with Bangladesh.


Sardar Iqbal Yousuf appreciated PRC for organising the symposium and always highlighting issue of Kashmir along with stranded Pakistanis. He urged the government to solve issue of stranded Pakistanis. He also demanded India to remove its army and organise plebiscite in Kashmir.

Choudhry Riaz Ghumman thanked PRC for organising symposium on the important event. He also praised Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi for supporting issue of stranded Pakistanis and Kashmir.

He said fall of East Pakistan is very painful event in which India played active role which was also acknowledged by Narinder Modi the Indian prime minister in which unfortunately some of our own people also participated.

He urged prime minister Nawaz Sharif to fulfil his promise to settle stranded Pakistanis which is our national obligation. He also condemned the massacre of children in Peshawar in 2014 and demanded capital punishment for the terrorists.

Shamsuddin Altaf started his speech in Arabic and praised Dr. Ghamdi for supporting the cause of Kashmir and stranded Pakistanis. He paid tribute to those patriots who sacrificed their lives to protect integrity and solidarity of Pakistan in 1971 war and those innocent children who were massacred in army public school in 2014.

Mohammad Amanatullah, Ashfaq Badayouni, Shahid Nayeem and Agha Akram also spoke and supported the repatriation of stranded Pakistanis from Bangladesh on priority.

Convener Ehsan ul Haque thanked Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi and all participants of the symposium.
He said Urdu speaking Pakistanis are considered traitors in Bangladesh so they will never allow them to settle there. He also criticised hanging of veterans leader without fair trial for siding with Pakistan in 1971 war which was legitimate their true loyalty since then it was Pakistan and not Bangladesh.

He said we appeal to prime minister Nawaz Sharif to restart the repatriation and rehabilitation of stranded Pakistanis urgently. To overcome the paucity of fund, we suggest to implement PRC proposal of ď settlement of stranded Pakistanis on self finance basisď. Bangladesh should also play itís role in solving the issue. Pakistani High Commissioner at Dhaka should be assigned to take care of Food, health, life and security of quarter million Pakistanis stranded in Bangladesh and OIC should include in its agenda the issue of settlement of stranded Pakistanis, he added.

Earlier function started by recitation from Holy Quran by Qari Abdul Majeed and Naat by Sher Afzal.

Posted on Dec 19, 16 | 5:15 am