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Pakistan PM leaves for Saudi Arabia amid bailout speculation

Pakistan PM to Offer Citizenship to Afghans Born in Pakistan Imran Khan vows to grant Pakistan citizenship to Afghan refugees
Ellis Copeland | 18 September, 2018, 18:44

It will be the first visit of Mr Khan to a foreign country after taking charge of the office of prime minister.

Children who were born in Pakistan to migrants have the automatic right to become a citizen, the prime minister has declared. "They are the Bengalis and Afghans who are living in Pakistan", he said.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Sunday to offer Pakistani citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Bengalis born to refugee families his country, according to Pakistani media outlets.

India is skeptical of the independence in the functioning of the civilian dispensation in Pakistan.

The PM's first visit overseas has opened a "pandora box", with critics arguing why Khan had to take the special plane for Riyadh visit as there are no serious threats for the Pakistani premier in the Islamic kingdom.

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Khan's government came to power on the back of populist assurances to root out corruption and reduce poverty. I don't know. After all, the person has been propped up by the (Pakistan) army. Let's wait and watch. "If anything comes about we will let you know", he said.

VK Singh was asked when India intends to have a dialogue with Pakistan, to which he replied, "Dialogue will happen provided the environment is made conducive for it".

The prime minister said that the UNHCR is working on voluntary rehabilitation for migrants, but the government must also work to help them.

However, much to the public's surprise, Imran Khan Tuesday took the special flight along with Finance Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, and Adviser on Commerce Abdur Razzak Dawood to reach Riyadh to meet Saudi royals. This issue has been going on for a very long time.

'And those Afghans whose children have grown older here, who were born in Pakistan, they would also be issued the passports and ID cards, ' he continued.

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