ISLAMABAD: Twenty-five would-be immigrants from Pakistan arrived in Islamabad on Saturday after being deported by Turkish authorities
The illegal immigrants landed at Benazir Bhutto International Airport via Emirates flight EK612.
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The deportees possessed valid emergency passports, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials said.
They had illegally crossed the Turkish border and were deported after the interior ministry’s completed its verification process.
All these deportees have been shifted to the Anti-Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) of the FIA for legal formalities.
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On May 5, 27 Pakistanis were deported by Greece via Turkey on similar grounds. They are still lodged at the AHTC.
FIA officials told The Express Tribune that 24 deportees would be handed over to the relevant authorities in Gujranwala while one would be taken to Abbottabad. Two of them are to be retained in Islamabad.
Ali Raza Mirza, a resident of Jhelum, and Shahzad Anwar from Jhelum were the agents of the Pakistanis who were deported from Greece.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 8th, 2016.
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