Deporting refugees won't address Pakistan's core problems: Sanam Saeed

07:39 PM | 2 Nov, 2023
Deporting refugees won't address Pakistan's core problems: Sanam Saeed
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The forced expulsion of Afghan refugees from Pakistan has recently gained significant attention, drawing concern from human rights organizations and influential individuals. Among those raising their voices for compassion and mercy toward these displaced individuals is Sanam Saeed, a prominent actor. On November 1, 2023, which marked the deadline for all "illegal aliens" to leave Pakistan, she took to Twitter to express her thoughts, urging the government to reconsider its stance.

In her tweet, Saeed emphasized that forcibly removing those seeking shelter would not resolve Pakistan's underlying issues. She pointed out that this action might be perceived as an attempt to divert attention from the challenges the government and the country are grappling with. Furthermore, she stressed the significance of displaying greater compassion during these tumultuous times worldwide. Her tweet touches upon a crucial aspect of the ongoing debate concerning the Afghan refugee crisis in Pakistan.

"Deporting refugees who seek refuge here will not eliminate our core challenges. It appears as if we are trying to shift focus from the difficulties the government and the country are facing. Especially in the current global climate, we should demonstrate more compassion," she tweeted, along with a hashtag directed at the Pakistani government.

The Pakistani government had issued a deportation order primarily targeting Afghan migrants, resulting in the expulsion of over 70,000 undocumented Afghans in the weeks leading up to November 1. This deportation order has placed significant pressure on the estimated 1.7 million Afghans residing unlawfully in Pakistan. Landlords have evicted Afghan tenants to avoid fines, and employers have terminated undocumented Afghan workers. The police have conducted raids in Afghan-populated neighbourhoods, arresting those without proper documentation.

Human rights organisations have decried Pakistan's actions, expressing apprehension that some Afghans could face persecution in their home country due to their previous associations with Taliban opponents. Despite the criticism, Pakistani officials have remained steadfast in their deportation policy, establishing detention and repatriation centres nationwide for Afghan refugees.

The writer is a staff member.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 22 June 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 22, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.75 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 297 and selling rate is 299.5 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.75.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.7 280.85
Euro EUR 294.3 297.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.85 73.6
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.98 748.98
Canadian Dollar CAD 202 204
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.15 40.55
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.7 917.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.98 172.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.75 731.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.53 77.23
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.68 26.98
Swiss Franc CHF 315.21 317.71
Thai Bhat THB 7.59 7.74


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