Pakistan refuses to accept deportee from France

Published: June 10, 2016
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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

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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Reader Comments (25)

  • Shah
    Jun 10, 2016 - 8:29AM

    Own up to your garbage and stop creating a fuss. Recommend

  • James
    Jun 10, 2016 - 8:37AM

    Every Mango & Orange seller is staring us. I think Pak needs to remind them that we damn care about your diplomatic ties.
    Pak has bigger muscle in millitary then them. Speak to them in theor language. Aak them to issue an appology.

    Secondly what is moral crime. If you Look at their girls then it becomes a moral crime and when their girls have adventures in 100s of men every night they call it tradition.

    What a Hypocrite nation with full of double standardsRecommend

  • Rana
    Jun 10, 2016 - 9:57AM

    Ch Nisar is doing a proud work for Pakistan.Matters like these should be dealt with without any compromise on rules and regulations.i hope in future he will take the same stance against drones strikes as well.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Jun 10, 2016 - 9:59AM

    Many countries are asking Pakistan to provide necessary documents to its citizens, if he/she is not a citizen then clearly tell them.. Delaying providing information raises several questions on Pakistan’s intension. How much time you need to verify wheathe he is a citizen or not..

    Indians no more required to have their passport to return back to India, one tweet,email, phone call to Indian consulate is enough to get temporary travel documents from Indian embassy. India never abandoned any of its citizen.Recommend

  • Disgusted
    Jun 10, 2016 - 10:01AM

    If you want to see rudeness at the personal and official level, deal with the French. I say call their ambassador and deliver a demarche.Recommend

  • Sri
    Jun 10, 2016 - 10:34AM

    @James: “Pak has bigger muscle in millitary then them. If you Look at their girls then it becomes a moral crime and when their girls have adventures in 100s of men every night they call it tradition. What a Hypocrite nation with full of double standards”

    Bigger military muscle than France? Maybe you need to look up where France stands in might and technology. 100s of men every night? – Maybe nations like France need to really block people like you.
    Hypocrite nation – that’s truly hilarious, especially coming from your ilk.Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2016 - 11:30AM

    Firstly such immoral Pakistanis must understand the embarrassment that they are causing to the people living legally in France.
    Yes paper work is required, but it takes a few hours to verify the individual
    At the end of the day Pakistani government will be sorting things for their own citizen rather than France, so why to create a fuss about something that is our problem. We should not be allowing them in the first instance to travel to France illegally.
    Total embarrassment this government is for the nation. Recommend

  • Ali La Pointe
    Jun 10, 2016 - 12:19PM

    France thinks it is talking to it colony.

    I would verify his credentials thoroughly since terrorist Frenchman have been caught overseas recently and French President was involved in Karachi terrorist bombing in past.Recommend

  • Sanjeev
    Jun 10, 2016 - 12:50PM

    Pakistan should quickly accept the deported Pakistani’s. Just refusing to take back citizens will not work. The Europeans may drop the Pakistani deportees from the plant at 10,000 meters without a parachute. Make conditions in your country better so that no one will desire to run away.Recommend

  • GKA
    Jun 10, 2016 - 1:20PM

    Countries should be wary of accepting Pakistani’s to come to the west, as Pakistan could invent many reasons not to take them back

    No schengen / british or US visa’s to be issued to Pakistani’s.Recommend

  • Xman
    Jun 10, 2016 - 1:38PM

    Good work Ch. Nisar, not bowing down to a gora, especially a French one. Who knows maybe the deportee is another one of those Indian spies. Recommend

  • abood
    Jun 10, 2016 - 2:18PM

    @sanjeev they can go ahead and do it.you never know if the guy is afghani and is a terrorist so why should we accept.
    Secondly all these who go illegaly pay a lot of money with which they can use to open businesses in pak.but what can we say .london america jana ha from the day we are born.They are losers.we allow anyone to drop such people from anywhere they wish.Recommend

  • Samrat
    Jun 10, 2016 - 2:29PM

    @James The way you mentioned about French women says a lot about your mindest and how much you respect women. Let me tell you its muslims who go to live in France for the sake of better life and not the other way around.Recommend

  • Y
    Jun 10, 2016 - 2:43PM

    I don’t understand why Indians visit this site and leave ridiculous and hateful comments. Stop the obsession guys….there is too much for you to worry about in your own country. Go comment on TOI. Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jun 10, 2016 - 3:15PM

    The way Pakistan is conducting its Foreign relations, I doubt it will be left with a friend other than China. Having a Taliban apologist as an Interior Minister has not helped, this being not the first time he has refused to accept deported citizens.Recommend

  • Biased Individual
    Jun 10, 2016 - 3:25PM

    Amusing to see Interior minister reacting this way without thinking through the ramifications of such actions. Pakistan already is getting isolated and such behavior will only make Pakistanis getting visa harder. Not to ignore the impact on Pakistan’s export. Why not accept the guy and close the chapter ? France will surely reply at some point of time.Recommend

  • Korn
    Jun 10, 2016 - 4:52PM

    @Feroz: Even china does not issue visas to Pakistanis unless they are in an arranged tour group.Recommend

  • Reader
    Jun 10, 2016 - 5:40PM

    It seems like India has hired an army of paid commentators for it’s propaganda machineRecommend

  • Rahul
    Jun 10, 2016 - 7:24PM

    The Americans have politely asked Musharraf to go and line up at their embassy in Islamabad if he wants American visa. Chaudhary Nisar may be asked to line up at the French embassy when he wants French visa.Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Jun 11, 2016 - 8:11AM

    I guess these pakistanis are not from educated middle class, otherwise they could have posed themselves as Indians, as they usually do to get respectability.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jun 11, 2016 - 9:43AM

    Why Pakistani asking France to verify a person whether he is a Pakistani or not? It is duty of Pakistan to check that and let the France know about it. If his data is available then take it. I have never seen Pakistani behave in similar manner for deportee from Muslim majority countries.Recommend

  • dr.who
    Jun 11, 2016 - 10:39AM

    To all indian trolls, think twice before speaking, millions of indians heading to the west for better future? what makes them run from india? shame on you for distorting the facts and harping india is shining will 700 million are living below poverty line in world s biggest shame democracy. On the contrary ur country keeps raping western women and is the rape capital of the world.

    Why should pakistan accept individuals without verification, half of the crimes committed abroad previously have been by afghanis and other non citizens of pakistan using pakistani passports. Action should be taken against those who have helped them with fake passports.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Jun 11, 2016 - 12:25PM

    @dr.who:
    You are right.. millions of indians travel abroad every year to earn money, since we are the poor people and we want to lead comfortable life when we are back in India. The only difference you and us is we travel with legal documents and we bow to law of the land wherever we are. Our government is committed to support us when we are stranded in strange place. India never abandons its child. Recommend

  • Jun 11, 2016 - 2:59PM

    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.Recommend

  • James Khan
    Jun 12, 2016 - 2:07AM

    @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 countryRecommend

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