Nawaz Sharif urged to bring home stranded nationals

Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been urged to bring home thousands of nationals from camps in Bangladesh.The Pakistan Repatriation Council (PRC), which organized a symposium here to mark the 15th anniversary of nuclear tests by Pakistan, issued the proposal among a number of other resolutions adopted at their meeting.
The PRC urged President Asif Zardari and Sharif to reactivate the Rabita Trust and restart the repatriation and rehabilitation of thousands of stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh. These people have been living in wretched conditions in Bangladesh camps since 1971, the PRC stated.
The meeting praised the establishment of the Nawa-i-Waqt Fund for stranded Pakistanis noting that 100 million rupees had been raised over 10 years to help alleviate the misery of the stranded people.
The meeting urged charitable organizations such as the Edhi Trust, Jamaat-e-Islami, MQM, Tehreek-e-Insaf and other parties to help the Pakistanis.
Ehsanul Haque, convener, hoped the Rabita Trust would be reactivated and stranded Pakistanis repatriated on a priority basis.
The meeting also adopted a number of resolutions calling for the establishment of a nuclear research university headed by Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan. The university should carry out research to set up nuclear plants to produce electricity.
Other community members Shaikh Mohammad Luqman, Mohammad Ashfaque Badayouni, Mohammad Nawaz Janjua of Pakistan Welfare Society, Syed Musarrat Khalil, and Syed Shahabuddin also spoke.
The program was conducted by Abdul Qayyum, secretary general of the PRC.
Poets Athar Abbasi and Abdul Qayyum Wasiq paid tribute to various leaders and scientists for their achievements on Youm-e-Takbeer. (

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