Pakistan refuses to allow migrants deported from Greece to disembark from plane in Islamabad

Published: December 3, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan refused on Thursday to allow 30 migrants deported from Greece to disembark from a plane at the Benazir International Airport, Islamabad, the interior ministry said, a week after high-level talks with the European Union to settle a dispute over forced repatriations.

“On the orders of Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the FIA has not allowed these illegally deported people and the aircraft crew to leave the plane,” the ministry said in a statement, referring to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

No space for Pakistani ‘migrants’ on Greece’s floating ‘refugee camp’

Further, according to the ministry, the deportees were sent back illegally and in violation of Pakistan’s laws.

The statement pointed out that a settlement of all issues related to illegal migrants and their subsequent deportation had already been reached with the European Union, but an EU nation has violated the Pakistani laws which will not be allowed at any cost.

“Illegal deportees from any country who do not hold any proper documentation will be sent back to the respective countries,” it added.

‘Pakistan ready to take back illegal migrants entering EU’

Earlier, the government instructed its diplomatic missions in European capitals to demand evidence of a potential crime when host countries sought to deport illegal immigrants being held on terror charges to Pakistan.

The move came days after the government said it had suspended its agreement on the readmission of illegal immigrants with European Union countries, except Britain, because of its “blatant misuse”.

Further, during a meeting Nisar directed Pakistani diplomatic missions in Europe to demand proof from host governments that wanted to deport Pakistanis on terror charges, a statement said.

Pakistan to demand ‘proof’ of terror charges for deportees

“It is a violation of human rights if any Pakistani is deported on terror charges without any proof,” he said, according to the statement.

“We have to not only give courage to Pakistani expatriates, but also stand by them at every step.”

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  • Frank
    Dec 3, 2015 - 1:39PM

    A country not accepting its own people back? How low can you get?Recommend

  • Malik
    Dec 3, 2015 - 1:55PM

    He wants Pakistanis to stay there, because it helps with the foreign reserves.
    Everything else around this situation is a bureaucratic drama. His ego always stands guard.
    Either way, I sort of support his policy. It is in the financial interest of pakistan. Recommend

  • raw is war
    Dec 3, 2015 - 2:12PM

    Shameful tactic from Pakistan. What should be going through the hearts of these 30 people???Recommend

  • dagan
    Dec 3, 2015 - 2:30PM

    Not surprising, considering Pakistan abandoned a million Urdu speaking Pakistanis in Bangladesh.Recommend

  • Shakeel
    Dec 3, 2015 - 2:32PM

    lol, anybody would be fooled into thinking GoP is being forced to take financial responsbility for these people. They left Pakistan to try and earn, they have been sent back, they will either leave again or stay in Pakistan and try and earn. In no scenario with GoP help them, if they were interested in helping the general public, people wouldn’t be leaving in the first place!Recommend

  • Haroon
    Dec 3, 2015 - 2:32PM

    The immigrants are not Pakistani and have no proof of that. That is why the state is not accepting them. Pakistan should not be made a dumping ground for people like this. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 3, 2015 - 2:36PM

    Its not Ego or something. The fact is we can allow only Pakistani not any one to consider as Pakistani.Recommend

  • Aqeel
    Dec 3, 2015 - 2:42PM

    @Frank: Who says that a Pakistan is refusing its own people. They are just saying “do the due diligence, provide proper documentation and follow the law”. As soon as Pakistan is provided with documentation regarding the proper deportation, Pakistan will accept them.Recommend

  • Arshad Hussain
    Dec 3, 2015 - 2:45PM

    @Frank:
    It’s always not confirm that those are Pakistanis. But it is always easy to dump your trash here.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Dec 3, 2015 - 2:46PM

    Dear Pakistan your duty is to take these stranded Pakistanis first and then decide whether they are deported legally or illegally.. How can you abandon them in the airport? I never seen this happened in any country.. Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Dec 3, 2015 - 2:48PM

    @Frank:
    Agree completely. They have no morals and ethics. They know only money, money, money. Recommend

  • Frankly Speaking
    Dec 3, 2015 - 3:01PM

    @Frank: Not lower than those who deport them on baseless charges. Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Dec 3, 2015 - 3:07PM

    @Malatesh:
    In each and every country if one successfully made it to airport. The security don’t let it allow to enter into country and deport them. But if one made himself out of airport they must have keep them and can’t force them back without two sided legislation. It need brains to understand this.Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Dec 3, 2015 - 3:09PM

    I find all these commentators sunk in complex. Why are you ashamed of being a Pakistani. I as being a Pakistani stand by/with my government on their legal demands.Recommend

  • A-No.1
    Dec 3, 2015 - 3:21PM

    I wonder if the honorable minister would do the same if the US had sent a plane load of deportees?Recommend

  • Frank
    Dec 3, 2015 - 3:27PM

    There are tens of thousands of illegal Pakistani immigrants in or trying to enter Europe. We all know this. The first thing the do upon entry is destroy their documents. It is very easy for the Pakistani authorities to determine the towns, villages and families these deportees belong to. But we are now a people with no self respect and we now worship only money.Recommend

  • Majid
    Dec 3, 2015 - 3:45PM

    Our Pakistani pride and ego makes us look so stupid.Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Dec 3, 2015 - 4:06PM

    First of all they left Pakistan because they don’t trust there future lies in Pakistan. Secondly, they feel that Pakistan Govt treats them like nobody and they are being sent back again. That is why PML(N) Govt stand is dangerous for the country.Recommend

  • Aakashvaani
    Dec 3, 2015 - 4:11PM

    No one wants the disease of terror.Recommend

  • Smiling Buddha
    Dec 3, 2015 - 4:43PM

    In the whole world this is the first time a country disowning its own people.

    At the same time same country advising western countries to accept unknown refugees open heartedly.Recommend

  • Jagjit S.Arora
    Dec 3, 2015 - 4:45PM

    Many of the Pakistani commentators here support their government! How is Greece to provide proper documentation when these people most probably entered Greece illegally in the first place?!! Once they make it to Turkey, they throw away their passports etc. The Pakistani government and its people want to make full use of the humanitarian values and decent laws of the Western nations! Their sense of entitlement is amazing to say the least!! The ummah has to populate the whole world!!!Recommend

  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Dec 3, 2015 - 5:09PM

    They do not hold legal documents in the first place, that is why they are being deported back to Pakistan. What kind of information does Ch Nisar needs to ascertain if a person is Pakistan or not?? Ask him a few questions and you will know if he is a Pakistani or not. Ask him to fill in the blank – Go _ Go. And if he gives the answer, he is, no doubt, a Pakistani.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 3, 2015 - 5:15PM

    @Frank:
    We all know this? Really? On what basis do you make those comments. We will only accept people if it’s proven they belong to Pakistan and if there were deported based on terror related charges then we will need proof before we prosecute them. Logical? Perhaps not for you. Recommend

  • cautious
    Dec 3, 2015 - 5:29PM

    Pakistan judiciary ordered govt to do something about Pakistanis rotting in Afghan jails – maybe they will order Nisar to do the same for those now rotting in European jails because Nisar’s capricious actions? Recommend

  • observer
    Dec 3, 2015 - 5:31PM

    Infiltrating and then not accepting them back seems to be the Standard Operating Procedure.

    We saw it in Kargil, when the dead bodies NLI soldiers were abandoned.

    And the same was the fate of Bihari Muslims in Bangladesh. Recommend

  • Akbar
    Dec 3, 2015 - 5:36PM

    It’s really shameful for Pakistani especially living abroad. How can we answer a question when asked as to why Pakistan is not willing to take back it’s own illegal immigrants? Why should other countries shoulder responsibility of Pakistani’s when Pakistan itself disowns them by not providing for its citizens? Why didn’t Pakistani Government stop this illegal immigration?
    I hope this news doesn’t catch up in major international news.Recommend

  • curious2
    Dec 3, 2015 - 5:41PM

    “It is a violation of human rights if any Pakistani is deported on terror charges without any proof,”
    .
    The only person saying they are being deported on “terror charges” is Nisar. These people are economic refugees trying to illegally enter Europe to obtain a better life. The operative word is “illegally” which is why they are being returned to the country of origin. I find it fascinating that Pakistan is trying to encourage Europe to take in refugees while refusing to accept it’s own countrymen.Recommend

  • Tom
    Dec 3, 2015 - 5:56PM

    @Frank: EU, Do what India does, Pakistanis try to get into India, they shoot them at the border. Recommend

  • Dec 3, 2015 - 5:59PM

    @Haroon:
    You think the countries of Europe who are accepting these Muslim refugees from Greece are fools to accept millions of refugees on humanitarian grounds.Recommend

  • Pea Brain
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:10PM

    @Smiling Buddha:
    Your intellect puts me to shame!Recommend

  • Pea Brain
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:16PM

    @ ALL INDIAN FRIENDS:
    Are over-simplification, sensationalism, and Ad hominem propaganda core curricular themes in the Indian education system?Recommend

  • Jaggu
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:22PM

    Where is the evidence that they were from Pakistan ? How do you know that shady people were not being exported in the garb of deportees? Where is your thinking cap mate? @Frank: Recommend

  • Humza
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:29PM

    @Smiling Buddha: A lot of the people who are being sent back may not be Pakistanis but Afghans or others on phony Pakistani passports. Any government, even Indian government would verify people. The government needs to make sure it is not taking in others or worse criminals which is why most people support the government in this move. Most Afghan refugees you see in the West travelled initially on Pakistani passports and Germany said Afghan refugees will be deported which was announced by Angela Merkel in GermanyRecommend

  • Ajay
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:49PM

    You Pakistanis want to be guardians of Kashmiris when you cant take care of your present people? Do you see the greed for territory and hypocricy and misuse of religion in your character now or still you are thick skinned enough to keep pursuing your dirty politics?Recommend

  • Singh
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:49PM

    Every country has right to deport illegal entrant to country of his/her origin. They don’t have to be a terrorist. Which part of “illegal” Ch Nisar does not understand?
    Can somebody give Ch Nisar a English dictionary. Recommend

  • jay
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:56PM

    Pakistan will go in denial mode now. claiming these men are not Pakistani , or they don’t have proof and the weirdest thing is Pakistani citizens will find this as a conspiracy by west to dump terrorist in Pakistan. fail to understand how can some nation go so wrong when essentially they are from the same Indian stock !Recommend

  • KK
    Dec 3, 2015 - 6:57PM

    @Pakistan Zindabad:
    And of course no brain matches that of a Pakistani.Recommend

  • Xman
    Dec 3, 2015 - 7:13PM

    Good job, atleast for once GOP has done something to make us proud. Pakistan is not disowning its “own” people. If they can prove they are a Pakistani, nobody is stopping them from coming. It’s just making sure EU does not dump its trash and terrorists into Pakistan. Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Dec 3, 2015 - 8:17PM

    someone does not become pakistani if greece or any other country is saying they are pakistani. cant they be afghan? why should pakistan accept anyone sent by other countries to pakistan. people giving lecture of sheltering refugees, FYI we sheltered more afghan than population of many countries of europe since 70s and 80s.Recommend

  • Latest
    Dec 3, 2015 - 9:07PM

    Of the 49 passengers on board, Pakistan has taken back 19 after they were verified to be Pakistani. The other 30 were sent back to Greece. Now, Greece must show evidence of why the 30 should be subject to deportation, as per Pak-EU agreements on this issue.Recommend

  • heed
    Dec 3, 2015 - 9:11PM

    This is a perfect example of how Pakistan treat its citizens.Recommend

  • stevenson
    Dec 3, 2015 - 9:15PM

    @roadkashehzada: Pakistan has taken in millions of Afghan refugees while receiving next to nothing from the world community for hosting them. They have done tens of billions of dollars of damages to the economy not to mention crime and violence. Turkey is being given billions to prevent more refugees smuggling themselves into Europe. Why can’t European Uniopn pay a few billion to Pakistan to secure its border with Afghanistan so these refugees can’t enter Pakistan? These so called refugees have all payed over $ 25 000 to human smugglers to get to Europe but the same Europeans will be paying out much more in social benefits when these people show up there and need housing and food.Recommend

  • abhi
    Dec 3, 2015 - 9:32PM

    Procedure is pretty simple. Their name should be in NADRA database. If it is not there they are not Pakistani. Recommend

  • John B
    Dec 3, 2015 - 9:38PM

    Now even the legal immigrants / visitors with valid visa will not be admitted and returned back. Recommend

  • Sarwar
    Dec 3, 2015 - 9:38PM

    Greece should have at the very least provided Pakistan a charge-sheet, even a very brief one, for each person it was deporting.
    But the whole of Greece is in turmoil; not only because of the refugee crisis but also because of economic problems that Greece has failed to solve. Enter, the new “Sick Man of Europe.”Recommend

  • No evidence
    Dec 3, 2015 - 9:42PM

    @heed:
    Either there is no evidence that all the deportees were Pakistani or the evidence that they entered Greece illegally was missing. Greece should follow the rules and should not treat Pakistan as if it were a pushover.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Dec 3, 2015 - 9:48PM

    If someone has thrown away their passport they should approach Pak embassy to get a new passport. If they don’t have an id how can Pakistan accept them blindly? They could be of any citizenship. Knowing an address in a city is not really proof. Recommend

  • SHAH
    Dec 3, 2015 - 10:10PM

    @raw is war:
    They had no papers and their biometric thumb impression has no record in Nadra database, neither they could determine theur relationship with Pakistan, including any family members or relatives.. no address etc; so, they are for sure not Pakistanis.. they were Hindu-stanis,, it is for Hindu-stan to take them back; Recommend

  • Dec 3, 2015 - 10:38PM

    You people are stupid and nothing else…interior minister has taken a very nice step….these people do not have pakistani nationality….how can Pakistan allow D-ported foreigners to enter Pakistan? No other country will allow it…..Europian countries have D-ported many europian nationals just because their origin is pakistani…other wise they have europian nationalities….so please do not disturb Pakistan….Recommend

  • charles
    Dec 3, 2015 - 10:52PM

    @Xman:

    Pakistan is not disowning its “own”
    people. If they can prove they are a
    Pakistani, nobody is stopping them
    from coming

    So using your rationale all someone has to do is toss their identification papers? That defies common sense. Further – nobody outside of Pakistan or Afghanistan is going to falsely claim they are from either country and its not to hard for even ignorant Europeans to determine that someone is from AfPak. It’s also unlikely that someone from Afghanistan is going to claim he’s a Pakistani – because the Afghans have a better chance of getting into the EU than Pakistanis.Recommend

  • rizwan
    Dec 3, 2015 - 11:30PM

    So what happened to the plane full of people?Recommend

  • stevenson
    Dec 3, 2015 - 11:47PM

    @charles: Most Afghan refugees you see abroad lived in Pakistan where they earned the roughly $25 000 needed to pay human smugglers to get to Europe. Why should Pakistan take them in when they have caused some crime, violence and damage to the economy – especially when United Nations gives almost nothing to house these refugees? Angela Merkel from Germany said that Afghan refugees will be sent back even in her meeting with Ashraf Ghani. People in Europe are tired of endless waves of refugees which is why they are now giving billions to Turkey to stop the refugees. Why not they give Pakistan more to close the border with Afghanistan to control movement and bring peace?Recommend

  • True
    Dec 4, 2015 - 1:21AM

    @Pea Brain:
    That’s why they seize a chunk of H1B visas & all other major work/business visas for Western world. Based on the education you stated they create their own space. What about you & your system. Just read the main headlines that should be enough to make a Pea size brain a melon size (hopefully).Recommend

  • Ravi
    Dec 4, 2015 - 1:39AM

    @Haroon:
    So, does this mean any Pakistani who goes to another country illegally and is subsequently deported isn’t a Pakistani anymore? There no doubt that economic considerations force Pakistan to encourage Pakistanis to enter other countries illegally. And for those who may think Pakistan is a dumping ground, the world knows well that the only people who go to Pakistan enthusiastically are militants and terrorists. Recommend

  • abc
    Dec 4, 2015 - 2:10AM

    @Pakistan Zindabad:
    They are not Pakistanis, most of the ones mocking are Indians. We all are well aware of their addiction so we usually ignore them for good. Recommend

  • David Salmon
    Dec 4, 2015 - 3:39AM

    @Haroon: I wonder: did anyone ascertain the native language of each passenger?
    I suspect that would be more persuasive than papers.Recommend

  • kdp
    Dec 4, 2015 - 6:11AM

    I think Pakistan is afraid of Greeks and/or Europeans getting in Pakistan illegally posing as PakistanisRecommend

  • Akbar
    Dec 4, 2015 - 6:58AM

    @Sami Shahid: Please stop making silly comments.

    What you seem to say is that EU are deporting their own citizens of Pakistani Origin back to Pakistan. I dont know any Citizen of Pak Origin being deported in US/Europe. When seen with a Muslim Name, they may seen with suspicion especially when are they coming from Pak during immigration.

    Its very scary for Pakistan if Citizens of EU/US are deported for their Pakistani lineage. It shouldn`t happen. Recommend

  • kdp
    Dec 4, 2015 - 10:29PM

    Perhaps they are afraid of Greeks and Europeans getting in Pakistan posing as Pakistanis?Recommend

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