Pakistan refuses to accept deportee from France

Interior minister threatens to send him back, impose fine on airline unless procedure is followed

Qadeer Tanoli June 10, 2016
A migrant from Pakistan holds a placard while waiting to cross the border from Greece into Macedonia, near Gevgelija, Macedonia November 26, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and France found themselves on the verge of a diplomatic spat on Thursday after the former refused to accept a deportee till his credentials are verified and other legal documentary requirements are completed.

France wants to deport Muhammad Mansha to Pakistan for criminal activity, vaguely defined as “severe moral crimes”. However, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Thursday reacted strongly to France’s harsh stance over the deportation.

France’s interior department this week summoned the Pakistani envoy and asked him to prepare Mansha’s travel documents within hours. Failure to do so, French officials warned, could affect diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The deportee problem

Pakistan’s ambassador in Paris contacted the interior ministry in Islamabad and narrated the proceedings.  When the matter was raised with Nisar, he reacted strongly.

The minister insisted on Thursday that Pakistan would only accept deportees as per its laws and no unverified individual would be issued a Pakistani passport.

Terming France’s stance on the deportation as ‘unsuitable’ and ‘contrary to diplomatic norms’, Nisar said that Pakistan will work according to its own rules and regulations and it will not give in to threats.

He added that France needs to submit Mansha’s particulars to Islamabad for verification of his nationality. Once it is confirmed that Mansha is a Pakistani national, only then can his deportation process go ahead.

Over a quarter of a million Pakistani workers deported since 2013

He warned that if Paris forces through Mansha’s deportation without following the procedure then he would be sent back via the same flight while the airline carrying him can also be fined.

Mansha has been living in France for a number of years and is facing charges of ‘severe moral crimes’.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2016.

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James Khan | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend @James: Their girls do it willfully, not forced as the women in Islamic countries are. So all the muslims who do not want to respect the western way of living should be thrown back to their Islamic country
daud | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend will i agree wt the point that without proper verification no one is allowed to enter our country. just repeating the name of our country will not make them the citizens of this country . i certainly unhappy at the attitude of france as if still they are living in the age colonization . Every country should give respect to other if one is sophisticated the other is not living in the age of medieval . so better to be sanful not rather than arrogant as it will deteriorate the matters more.
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