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Australia denies offering ‘humanitarian asylum’ to Pak’s Shia Muslims

Last Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 11:26

Islamabad: Australia has denied reports that it was introducing any programme to resettle Hazara community out of Pakistan.

The Australian High Commission in a statement dismissed a news report titled ‘2,500 Hazara families offered asylum’ published in a national daily on February 21.

The statement said that there are ‘no new arrangements for particular ethnicities or people from a particular part of any country’, the Daily Times reports.

The statement stressed that Australia was sympathetic to communities affected by sectarian violence and acts of terrorism.

However, it said that Australia’s ongoing resettlement program was only for refugees.

According to the paper, the High Commission said that Australia’s priority is to assist those refugees who are the most vulnerable.


First Published: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 11:26

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