PPP government issued 52,000 Visas to US Nationals in 3 years, Over 13,000 for security officials

PPP government issued 52,000 Visas to US Nationals in 3 years, Over 13,000 for security officials
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The Embassy of Pakistan in Washington had issued atleast 52,094 visas of different categories from 2008 to 2011, out of which 13,159 visas were under the category of diplomats/officials.

It is pertinent to note here that between 2009-2011, only 2,202 visas were issued after the receipt of approval from the office of Defense Advisor, foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar had informed senate on February 9, 2012.

As Senator SM Zafar asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs to state the number of visas issued to American citizens by the Pakistan Embassy / Missions on the recommendations of Security Agencies, President’s and Prime Minister’s Secretariats separately during the PPP regime.

Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar answered that the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington has issued 52,094 visas of different categories from 2008 to 2011.

Out of which 13,159 visas were under the category of Diplomats/officials. The Embassy of Pakistan in Washington issued 2,202 visas to US officials/diplomats after the receipt of approval from the office of Defense Advisor between 2009 2011.

Just Yesterday, Pakistan People’s Party denied media reports claiming that the former US ambassador Husain Haqqani was authorized to issue visas to special US forces to visit Pakistan.

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