WASHINGTON - I21 Pakistani national have been deported from US, it was revealed from the flight which landed at Delhi.
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) received an unscheduled flight on February 14. The aircraft, full of South Asian deportees, was dropping off 33 Indians allegedly living illegally in the United States, according to several people familiar with the matter.
An officer of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which handles airport security, said that the flight also had 121 Pakistanis, all illegal immigrants to the US, on board.
The flight proceeded to Islamabad from New Delhi to drop off the Pakistani nationals, he added, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“The flight landed at around 8:30 am on February 14. We were informed in advance about the movement of a large number of deportees. Officials from the external affairs ministry were present and facilitated the movement. After completing the formalities, the passengers were sent to their respective states,” the CISF officer added.
A second CISF officer who asked not to be identified added that while Indians are deported in batches of two and three from time to time, “this is probably the first time that a special plane full of south Asian deportees landed at Delhi airport”.
The flight departed for Islamabad at 11.30am.