Around 2.3 million Afghans ‘refugees’ are living in Pakistan
Afghans can only help us by going back to their country and try to rebuild it. We don’t need their help in Pakistan’s development. Pakistan never got the respect it deserved from Afghanistan for giving refuge to so many Afghans. In conclusion, there should be trade between the two countries but without putting burden on each other.
The thumbnail image for the video asks if Pakistanis hate the Afghan refugees and that btw, they are a big part of Pakistan’s economy. So let us qualify this first. Eloquently put, they are a big part of Pakistan’s black economy or shadow economy. The GDP generated by all Afghan refugees working inside Pakistan does not in any benefit the state institutions. This shadow economy and I am not saying locals aren’t part of this shadow economy serves little to no impact and in terms of the Afghan refugees is no redeeming point. In fact, the cultural deterioration of Karachi specifically due to cocaine and gun/ violence is a gift which had to be accepted as part parcel of hosting nearly 70 million Afghan refugees by an underdeveloped country with no emergency funds to deal with such a major influx of humanity. Look at Europe with its vast wealth and financial reserves crying to not wanting to host any refugees save a few countries. Afghan refugees need to be repatriated to Afghanistan and trade with Afghanistan should be on principles of mutual benefit. If Afghan govt. favors trade with India then Pakistan need not provide trade agreements. From a security standpoint, Pakistan should fence its western borders with Iran and Afghanistan and no free movement should be allowed as long as Afghans and Iranians favor trade with India over Pakistan. So the only area left is tourism and only qualified travelers be allowed with less than 3 months of visa. This when accomplished will help alleviate the pressures on local economies of Pakistan and overall. Finally, delusional folks the host in this video need a long and hard look at what plagues Pakistani economy and understand pros and cons of a certain strategy before just babbling on.
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