Britain wants Pakistan to take back thousands of immigrants

Britain wants Pakistan to take back thousands of immigrants
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LONDON: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Britain wants Pakistan to take back thousands of Pakistanis who have overstayed their visit visa in the UK and have no status but cannot be sent back to Pakistan without a proper treaty.

At a press conference in Pakistan High Commission here, the Foreign Minister said that the UK govt wants Pakistan to sign re-admission treaty so that the overstayers and others living illegally could be sent back to Pakistan. Qureshi said signing this treaty will be helpful for those Pakistanis who apply for the visit but their visas are rejected because Britain is cautious of visa applicants.

“We have initiated dialogue on this. This will help those who are genuine visa applicants. This will help Pakistan more,” said Qureshi.

Its understood that nearly four million illegals currently live in the United Kingdom.

Of these, more than 30 thousand are believed to be Pakistanis. More than 70 thousand from India, 25 thousand from Bangladesh and the rest from other parts of the world.

By: Murtaza Ali Shah

London