Even some Pakistanis do not want Pashtuns living in their city–but the West is happy to take them

Members of Sindh Writers and Thinkers Forum protesting against then President Asif Zardari during a demonstration at the Karachi press club, Nov 11, 2012

KARACHI: The Sindh Writers and Thinkers Forum (SWTF) has asked the federal and provincial governments to ban the arrival of internally displaced persons (IDP), appealing to the residents of Sindh to come forward and play a crucial role.

Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Wednesday, Jami Chandio said that the extremists plaguing the country were raised in Afghanistan to fight against the Russian forces and are still being patronised to destabilise the peace and tranquility of the Subcontinent.

“Neither the Pakistan Peoples Party nor the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has ever taken any serious action against extremism,” claimed Chandio. He said that IDPs from tribal areas and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa were coming to different areas of Sindh – worsening the province’s law and order situation and its economy.

Chandio was accompanied by Noor Ahmed Memon, Muzaffar Chandio, Dastgheer Bhatti and Aijaz Qureshi among others. Referring to the statement of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the National Assembly on Wednesday, the SWTF leaders said that if the presence of Taliban in Islamabad is a danger, then the situation in Sindh is far more serious.

They demanded that the Sindh government immediately register all IDPs and set up separate camps for them, from where they should be sent back after a while.

Note: Karachi is in the province of Sindh, far to the south of the tribal Pashtun areas. Do these Sindh Writers and Thinkers sound a bit Islamophobic to you?

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