Afghans face mass deportation from Pakistan

Pakistan’s Dailytimes

KABUL: Hundreds of thousands of Afghans face the threat of deportation back to their war-torn country from Pakistan once a deadline expires today, but Kabul is crying foul over the move.

Pakistan is home to 1.7 million refugees and hundreds of thousands more unregistered migrants from its neighbour, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). But Islamabad says it cannot be expected to tolerate illegal migrants, and 400,000 undocumented Afghans in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where the bulk of the Afghan community live, face the imminent prospect of removal.

The UNHCR describes the situation of Afghans in Pakistan as the “largest and most protracted refugee crisis in the world” and warned that the question of how to deal with it was becoming “increasingly politicised”. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said law enforcement agencies had been told to compile lists of illegal Afghans and once the June 30 deadline passed, orders would be issued for their arrest, appearance in court and subsequent deportation to Afghanistan. “No country allows illegal immigrants, how it is possible to legalise something which is illegal?” Hussain said. “We have been accommodating Afghan immigrants for 32 years. The provincial government cannot take their burden any more. They should go back to their country.”

But Afghans are nervous about welcoming home so many jobless, impoverished people to a country where returnees have in the past struggled to find work and roofs over their heads. The government in Kabul denied the expulsions would take place. Afghan refugee ministry spokesman Islamuddin Jurat conceded there was a “small problem” in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but said the two sides had agreed to solve the issue and give the Afghans “some legal status to stay there”.

The Afghan-Pakistani border is notoriously porous and even if the deportations were to go into effect there would be little to stop returnees coming back to Pakistan.

Pakistan, where the economy is also depressed, says it cannot be expected to tolerate illegal migrants.

Hussain claimed that illegal Afghans were involved in crime, although experts have dismissed such accusations as an excuse to rid the country of the immigrants. At the heart of the problem is deep distrust between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Each country blames the other for violence, with both sides accusing the other of sheltering Taliban insurgents on either side of the border. afp

Australian Life and Politician Fear

Generation Rent is growing in numbers

Jessica Irvine
Published: June 30, 2012 – 3:00AM

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how exciting I find the five-yearly release of census data. I presume – but cannot be sure – it stirs in me the same emotion most people feel about the Olympics. You like sitting on your couch every four years watching strangers twirl, hurl and throw things. I like Microsoft Excel. Let’s just agree to disagree.

The first results from last year’s census have already revealed several astonishing things. For instance, for the first time in its history, Australia is now home to a greater number of people expressing ”no religion” than Anglicans. The proportion of people ticking the ”no religion” box jumped from 18.7 per cent in the 2006 census to 22.3 per cent, leapfrogging Anglicans (17.1 per cent) into second place for religious affiliation. Catholics retain their religious hegemony at 25.3 per cent of the population.

But perhaps the most astonishing figure to come out of the latest census results was a near 50 per cent jump in rents since the 2006 census.

Between 2006 and last year, the median weekly household rent jumped 49 per cent from $191 to $285. That’s an annual rate of 8 per cent-plus a year across the entire country, far outstripping annual growth in median household incomes of about 3.5 per cent.

The big story of the previous census was a steep rise in median monthly mortgage repayments – 50 per cent between 2001 and 2006. This time it is rents.

It is fair to say most of the reporting on financial matters in Australia concentrates on the needs of the one-third of households who own their homes with a mortgage. Unlike borrowers in other countries where fixed interest loans are common, Australians by and large are on variable interest loans, meaning we are particularly sensitive to interest rate moves.

If that gets old, or when interest rates are going down, reports occasionally focus on the plight of pensioners and retirees with large sums saved in interest-bearing deposits. The mortgage holder’s gain is grandma’s pain, and vice-versa.

But for a growing proportion of younger and lower-income people, movements in rents are just as important. Overall, the proportion of those renting has increased from 26.3 per cent in 2001 to 29.6 per cent in 2006. Lower income households have always been more likely to rent, unable to afford a home.

More recently, younger people have also been spending longer in rental homes. For some, it’s a temporary thing as they take longer to save a deposit on a home. For others, there has been a mindshift about the benefits of home purchase versus renting.

Time-poor executives needing to live in the inner city to be close to work find themselves renting for longer than their forbears. Generation Rent also enjoys the flexibility to move more freely to take advantage of new job opportunities.

From an economy-wide perspective, lower property purchase helps to create a more mobile workforce (particularly when state governments have loaded property purchase up with massive stamp duties on moving).

From a personal finance point of view, the decision to rent can make sense. While rent money is ”dead money”, so too is interest paid to mortgage lenders. If rent paid on a property is lower than the interest payments that would be needed to afford the same or similar property, renters who invest their leftover cash in shares or in the bank could come out ahead, particularly now that property prices have stagnated. Of course, the tax deductions on owning property skew the equation.

But with more people deciding to rent, this is putting pressure on the supply of rental homes and on rents, making life particularly hard for those on lower incomes. It remains to be seen if Generation Rent is just holding off on home purchase or preparing for a lifetime of renting. Rent rises and property price stagnation will influence their decisions.

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Army is ABOVE honesty laws of Pakistan

Nobody should be above the law and accountability should be across the board without any political victimization Done by ISI and hidden Army hands in Media and Police.

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این ایل سی میں اربوں کی کرپشن کا نیا سکینڈل
نیشنل لاجسٹک سیل جسے حاضر سروس آرمی افسران چلاتے ہیں میں ایک ارب روپے کے نئے فراڈ اور سکینڈل کا انکشاف ہوا ہے جب کہ نیب پہلے ہی چار ارب روپے کے ایک اور سکینڈل میں تین فوجی جرنیلوں کے خلاف انکوائری کا آغاز کر چکا ہے۔ سرکاری دستاویزات سے انکشاف ہوتا ہے کہ این ایل سی نے ایک ایسی خفیہ ڈیل ایک پرائیویٹ پارٹی کے ساتھ کی تھی جس میں اب پتہ چلا ہے کہ اسے ایک ارب روپے کا کیش نقصان ہوا ہے اور خدشہ کا اظہار کیا جارہا ہے کہ یہ رقم ایک ارب سے بھی زیادہ ہو سکتی ہے۔

اس نقصان کو چھپانے کے لیے اب این ایل سی کی انتظامیہ جو کہ پہلے ہی تین جرنیلوں کے چار ارب روپے کے فراڈ کی وجہ سے اخبارات کی شہہ سرخیوں میں ہے اب اس فائل کو چھپا رہی ہے جس میں اس ڈیل کی ساری تفصیل موجود ہے کہ کیسے کس نے ایک ارب روپے کا ڈاکہ این ایل سی پر دن دہاڑے مارا تھا اور کس گروپ کو کیا فائدہ کیسے دیا گیا تھا۔ ذرائع کا کہنا ہے کہ اس نئے سکینڈل کا انکشاف اس وقت ہوا جب آڈیٹر جنرل آف پاکستان نے این ایل سی کا آڈٹ شروع کیا تو اس محکمے نے ایک ایسی سرکاری فائل ان کے حوالے کرنے سے انکار کر دیا جس میں آڈیٹر کو شک تھا کہ ادارے کو ایک ارب روپے سے زائد کا نقصان ہوا تھا اور ایک پرائیویٹ پارٹی کو فائدہ پہنچایا گیا تھا۔

تاہم آڈٹ والوں نے بھی جان نہیں چھوڑی اور انہوں نے اس بورڈ میٹنگ کے منٹس ڈھونڈ نکالے جس میں اس پرائیویٹ پارٹی کو ایک ارب روپے کا فائدہ اور ادارے کو ایک ارب کا نقصان ہوا تھا۔ اس میٹنگ کے منٹس سے انکشاف ہوتا ہے کہ این ایل سی نے ایک پرائیویٹ گروپ کے ساتھ ایک جوائنٹ وینچر کے معاہدے پر دستخط کیے۔ اس سے پہلے پاکستان ریلوے نے این ایل سی سے دو ارب تیس کروڑ روپے لے کر ننانونے سال کے لیے اپنا ایک تیرہ ہزار سکوائر یارڈ زمین کا قطعہ لیز پر دیا تھا۔ این ایل سی نے اس پرائیویٹ گروپ کے ساتھ ایک معاہدہ کیا جس کے مطابق اس زمین پر 37 منزلوں پر مشتمل ایک عمارت اور تین بیسمنٹ بنانے تھے۔

تاہم حیرانی کی بات ہے کہ این ایل سی جس نے دو ارب تیس کروڑ روپے دے کر وہ زمین لیز پر لی تھی اس کا اس جوائنٹ ونچیر میں شیئر انچاس فیصد جب کہ اس پرائیویٹ گروپ کا اکثریتی شیئر اکاون فیصد رکھ دیا گیا۔ منصوبہ یہ تھا کہ ایک ارب بیس کروڑ روپے اس پراجیکٹ میں ڈالے جائیں گے اور ایک ارب ساتھ کروڑ روپے کا قرضہ لینا تھا جب کہ باقی پیسے دفاتر کو فروخت کر کے کمائے جانے تھے۔ یہ کیش بھی این ایل سی نے فراہم کیا تاکہ کام شروع ہو سکے۔ اب پتہ چلا ہے کہ پورا منصوبہ ناکام ہوگیا ہے اور اب وہ سارا گھاٹے کے بعد لیکیوڈیٹ ہونے والا ہوا تھا۔

این ایل سی اب اس منصوبے کے تمام سرکاری دستاویزات آڈٹ کے حوالے کرنے کو تیار نہیں ہیں کیونکہ اس کے افسران کو یہ خوف ہے کہ کہیں ان کا سارا سکینڈل کھل کر سامنے نہ آجائے کہ کس نے اس مال کمانے کی دوڑ میں کیا کمایا تھا اور وہ اربوں کا منصوبہ کسے ناکام ہوگیا تھا اور اس دو ارب تیس ارب روپے کا کیا ہوگا جس پریہ پلازہ بنایا جارہا تھا اور اس کے لیے ادائیگی پاکستان ریلوے کو کی گئی تھی اور اب اس میں اکاون فیصد شیئر تو اس پرائیویٹ گروپ کو دے دیے گئے تھے۔

دستاویزات کے مطابق اس پراجیکٹ میں بہت کھل کر پیسہ کھایا گیا ہے اور اسے چھپانے کے لیے ایک ہی راستہ تلاش کیا گیا ہے کہ اس سکینڈل کی فائل ہی آڈٹ کوفراہم نہ کی جائے۔ اب آڈٹ نے حکومت کو لکھ کر بھیجا ہے کہ جہاں اتنا بڑا منصوبہ ناکام ہوا سو ہوا وہاں اس دھندے میں این ایل سی کے اربوں روپے ڈوب گئے ہیں۔ سرکاری دستاویزات کے مطابق آڈٹ کا کہنا ہے کہ این ایل سی سے ایک ارب روپے تو کیش اس پرائیویٹ گروپ کو دینے کے لیے نکلوایا گیا تھا اور اس میں بورڈ کے ارکان کی ملی بھگت شامل تھی۔ یوں سب نے مل کر قوم کو ایک ارب روپے سے زیادہ لوٹ لیا تھا اور اب این ایل سی کے افسران اس سکینڈٖل کی فائل بھی دینے کو تیار نہیں تھے تاکہ کوئی ان کے خلاف کارروائی نہ کر سکے۔

Nobody should be above the law and accountability should be across the board without any political victimization

Nothing to hide? Then show us the money

Tim Andrews
Published: June 6, 2012 – 3:00AM

As the Peter Slipper expenses saga shows, taxpayers are in the dark as to how their tax dollars are spent.

If not for Slipper’s prominent political position as the Speaker, these expenses would probably have remained undiscovered by the media. What else is occurring that we do not know about?

More than a billion dollars of our taxes are spent daily, yet there is little transparency, accountability or public disclosure of how and where.

It is a foundational principle of good governance that taxpayers should know how their money is being spent, and governments should be as open as possible. Taxpayers who wish to discover how their money is being used must trawl hundreds of pages of budget documents and submit time-consuming and costly freedom-of-information requests. Even then, information is scant. Ask any journalist. And these requests, as a Herald report showed on Monday, could be rejected in future as certain parliamentary departments are rendered exempt to FOI laws.

But it does not have to be this way. A transparency revolution is under way overseas, empowering citizens, opening governments to scrutiny, and transforming governance.

In 2006, in the US, the senators John McCain and Barack Obama co-sponsored the US federal funding accountability act. Its premise was simple: that taxpayer expenditure be placed online in an easily searchable database, so all taxpayers can find out how their money has been spent.

Since then, the City of London, the European Union and 38 US states have enacted similar online portals – many with no thresholds, so every cent of taxpayer expenditure is publicly available. In some cases, literally every expense of government is made public after being entered into a database.

The benefits are obvious: not only are taxpayers empowered, but also savings can be easily identified, waste exposed and unethical behaviour discouraged. Those who want spending to remain hidden might argue that informing people is too costly, that it just cannot be done. But international experience proves this to be false. The website, which provides the details of all US federal government expenditure of more than $US25,000 ($25,800), cost less than $1 million to set up – and the software is now available free of charge in the public domain.

Texas, with a population greater than that of Australia, was able to create a spending portal for $380,000, and Nebraska did it for only $30,000. Such minor costs are nothing compared with the benefits such portals bring.

It is time Australia joined this revolution. Everywhere that transparency portals have been tried, the results to date have been breathtaking. Citizens have been searching these websites in record numbers. In Missouri, with a population smaller than NSW, 15 million hits were reported in the first year. Millions in savings have been identified. To use just one example, Texas reported $8.7 million in savings directly attributable to their transparency website in just the first year of operation.

Opening the government books to an army of online citizen investigators has uncovered waste and duplication, and made junkets or pork-barrel spending near impossible. Corruption and rorting cannot occur when the records are freely available – sunlight truly is the best disinfectant.

Such portals should be a ”no-brainer” for policymakers. This is not a partisan issue – people on all sides of politics should agree that empowering citizens through transparency can only lead to higher outcomes. There is no logical argument to oppose their creation, unless you have something to hide.

Once the cost argument crumbles, the only opposition to transparency portals can come from vested interests seeking to preserve their misuse of taxpayer funds.

It is time our politicians stood up for the average taxpayer against these special interest groups and rent-seekers, and called for the establishment of transparency portals at all levels of government.

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance is calling for all politicians and political candidates to publicly pledge their commitment to taxpayers by supporting this initiative. If they truly represent their electors, and are not beholden to other influences, if they truly have nothing to hide, they should support it without hesitation.

Timothy Andrews is executive director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (

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