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Pakistan suspends deportation treaties with Western countries

ISLAMABAD: Condemning the mistreatment of Pakistani immigrants abroad, Pakistan Friday suspended readmission agreements with the European Union (EU) and other countries of the West, Samaa reported. “The government has frozen the accords for the time being. A decision to this effect was taken after some countries were found in violation of the treaty,” Federal Minister...

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 6, 2015 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Nov 6, 2015 | Last Updated: 5 years ago

ISLAMABAD: Condemning the mistreatment of Pakistani immigrants abroad, Pakistan Friday suspended readmission agreements with the European Union (EU) and other countries of the West, Samaa reported.

“The government has frozen the accords for the time being. A decision to this effect was taken after some countries were found in violation of the treaty,” Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told a press conference after inaugurating  a one-window operation in Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) .

Khan said a dangerous trend had emerged over the last few months under which Pakistanis travelling abroad without documents were deported on the charges of terrorism without verification whether  they are actually Pakistanis or not.

"Pakistan has suspended readmission agreements signed with Western countries except United Kingdom because of its blatant misuse as Pakistanis were being packed back home without appropriate verification," he added.

Even in some cases the deportees were found innocent, he added.

He said under the agreements signed in 2009-10, Pakistanis travelling illegally to any Western country were to be deported after proper verification. However, most of the countries are deporting them without verification by Pakistani authorities, and last year alone 90,000 people were sent back to Pakistan.

The interior minister said that Pakistan would not tolerate its nationals being treated as animals in Europe or elsewhere.

“No plane would be allowed to land in Pakistani soil until proper verification is done on their part and that countries share all the information with concerned Pakistani authorities,” said he.

The agreement, concluded between the EU and Pakistan , lays down the principle of systematic return of Pakistani nationals residing without authorization in a Member State and vice versa.

It also organizes, under certain conditions, the return of third country nationals and stateless persons. Denmark and Ireland are not parties to the Agreement.

Going forward Khan said the recent acts of violence against minorities, especially Muslims have exposed adverse face of India and

international community should take notice of this ruthlessness.

"I have serious concerns that international community is still silent on this violent attitude and human right violation committed

by India as people are being burnt alive there," said he replying to a question.

He said it was an ultimate extremism on part of India and  should be a cause of concern for the world.

Meanwhile, time has come for the capital cops to crawl out of their ‘corruption zone’ as Khan has declared a war on the scapegraces of the department.

“The black sheep, who neither work themselves nor let others do anything, will be culled. They have got to excuse for their incompetence,” said he.

The minister said that he was absolutely not satisfied with the performance of Islamabad police.

“You have got no option other than getting out of the comfort of your offices and fight crime in the field,” said.--Samaa/Agencies
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