Half of the Population in This Afghan District Hold Pakistani ID Cards

Almost half of the population of a district in east Afghanistan hold Pakistani identity cards, a senior Afghan official has revealed.

According to details, almost 50 percent of the people in Barmal District in Afghanistan’s Paktika province have Pakistani ID cards.

Governor of Barmal informed Tolo News that acquiring a Pakistani ID card and moving across the border is an easy task for the residents of his district.

Barmal – a small district with an estimated 88,000 population –is located along the Durand line and borders with North Waziristan.

According to the district governor, the identity cards were issued knowing that the people are Afghan citizens as Barmal is shown as the primary residence of the cards holders.

He told Tolo News that he has been long aware of the matter and admitted that the local government has not taken any preventive measures so far.

A member of the local council identified that most children of their district go to Pakistani schools due to unavailability of adequate services.

“People should be provided adequate services by government. Why people have to send their children to schools on the other side of the border on a routine basis?” asked Nematullah Baburi.

He further revealed that Pakistani curriculum is being taught in Barmal schools and that no school in the district was following a syllabus of the Afghan Ministry of Education.

Via: Tolo News

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