US to deport 70 Pakistanis, being brought back on special chartered plane

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US to deport 70 Pakistanis, being brought back on special chartered plane

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON – The United States will deport over 70 “illegal” Pakistani nationals and a special chartered plane will bring them back on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Tuesday.

Briefing the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, the minister said all these individuals were detained and prosecuted for immigration violations, criminal conduct and other serious charges.

“The United States is going to deport over 70 illegal Pakistanis. Pakistan has asked the United States to fulfil legal requirements about the Pakistanis being deported,” Geo News quoted Mr Qureshi as saying.

“These Pakistanis will return to the country via a special charter plane tomorrow,” he added.

During the briefing, Qureshi rejected reports of the US imposing visa restrictions on Pakistan but acknowledged that three Pakistani officials have been banned by the Trump administration from travelling to the US.

“The US has banned visit visa for three officials due to some reasons. These include joint secretary, additional secretary interior and DG passport. This restriction is not on Pakistan and the clarification for this has been given by both the sides,” he said.

“The foreign ministry will only issue that many visas that the US does,” the foreign minister was quoted as saying by Geo News.

“If the US issues visas for five years, then Pakistan will issue it for five years as well.”