US hints at extending visa ban to Pakistan

Published: January 29, 2017
US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

A day after US President Donald Trump ordered no-visa policy for seven Muslim states, a White House official hinted that the ban could be extended to other countries, including Pakistan.

In response to a question during his interview to CBS News, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said: “You can point to other countries that have similar problems like Pakistan and others – perhaps we need to take it further”.

But was also quick to add that “for now, immediate steps, pulling the Band-Aid off, is to do further vetting for people traveling in and out of those countries.”

Pakistan not among countries to face visa ban: Trump

In the most sweeping use of his presidential powers since taking office a week ago, Trump signed an executive order on Friday to pause the entry of travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days.

The travel curbs began immediately, causing confusion for would-be travelers with passports from the seven countries.

Priebus reiterated that Trump was merely following through on his campaign promises, and that he’s “not willing to be wrong” on the issue of immigration.

“This was a promise that President Trump had made and it’s a promise that he’s going to keep,” “And he’s not willing to be wrong on this subject — we need to do our best to be vigilant and protect Americans.”

He defended the fact that the order has meant valid green card holders, not just regular visa holders, have been detained as well, saying Customs and Border Patrol has always had “wide discretion” in asking questions of people entering the country.

I pray Trump stops giving visas to Pakistanis: Imran

“This is not a Muslim ban,” Priebus told CBS. “All this is identifying the seven countries — and the reason we chose those seven countries is those were the seven countries that both the Congress and the Obama administration identified as being the seven countries that were most identifiable with dangerous terrorism taking place in their country.”

He stressed that Trump had solely identified countries where terrorism is taking place and could lead to danger in the US.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (40)

  • Chacha Jee
    Jan 29, 2017 - 10:57PM

    Please discuss and get Kashmir resolved before the ban hits.Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Jan 29, 2017 - 11:12PM

    Good job America, you have full right to make your country safe and sound.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 30, 2017 - 12:14AM

    Do it please. Pakistan’s greatest leader is also demanding it.Recommend

  • Sabi
    Jan 30, 2017 - 12:26AM

    52% Americans have supported Trump agenda so why bashing Trump alone.Recommend

  • Bhatti
    Jan 30, 2017 - 1:05AM

    I would love that to happen. Bring it on!Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jan 30, 2017 - 2:16AM

    Trump: you are a legend. Bring the ban and make your country safe again. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 30, 2017 - 3:37AM

    Well, let’s see if our good pal, Mr Haqqani gets deported to the welcoming bosom of his motherland…Recommend

  • kamal
    Jan 30, 2017 - 4:52AM

    Do it USA. I dare you as a Pakistani. Do it and make another 200 million people lifelong enemiesRecommend

  • SK
    Jan 30, 2017 - 5:00AM

    Didn’t know Imran Khan prayers would be answered so soon?. Now he may pray for most popular bill on Pakistan to be passed soon by US Congress.Recommend

  • shahqus
    Jan 30, 2017 - 5:31AM

    This might not be a bad thing, lets concentrate and fix our own country.Recommend

  • Gabbar
    Jan 30, 2017 - 5:57AM

    @kamal: I dare you as a Pakistani.
    You guys have an over-inflated opinion of your standing in the world. Your nation is irrelevant.Recommend

  • Sunny
    Jan 30, 2017 - 6:36AM

    As a Pakistani, i beg US to put a ban on Pakistan and see Pakistani people reaction.US scariest dream will come true.Recommend

  • imran
    Jan 30, 2017 - 6:42AM

    An Indian lobbyist in white house.
    Bring it on..Recommend

  • Xi2
    Jan 30, 2017 - 6:52AM

    Dare it ? We are gonna do it. I dare you to try to come to USA.Recommend

  • Truth
    Jan 30, 2017 - 7:40AM

    So called fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people may be in fantastic ban list soon. We have to change our foreign policy . Last year there was firing from India, Iran and Afghanistan in our borders. Also we should treat all religion equal in our country if we want the same treatment in other countries. Recommend

  • Truth
    Jan 30, 2017 - 7:43AM

    So called fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people may be in fantastic ban list soon. We have to change our foreign policy . Last year there was firing from India, Iran and Afghanistan in our borders. Also we should treat all religion equal in our country if we want the same treatment in other countries. Recommend

  • Xman
    Jan 30, 2017 - 7:46AM

    I feel sorry for these “Pakistani Americans”. After all these years, all it will take is one stroke of pen to wipe out the rights they supposedly had. Did they seriously think they are going to become “American” just by getting a piece of paper?Recommend

  • Mohommed poppat
    Jan 30, 2017 - 7:50AM

    China should ban indians and investment in india to keep parityRecommend

  • shaikhmustafa
    Jan 30, 2017 - 8:27AM

    The party has just begun.Recommend

  • Indian
    Jan 30, 2017 - 8:31AM

    Pakistanis should forget kashmir and worry about Pakistan

    More than anything , this shows the image of Pakistan to the whole world .

    Ultimately it comes down to image , because even if gujrat 2002 happens , India is world’s largest democracy and Obama comes to India twice

    This is the ground realityRecommend

  • shaikhmustafa
    Jan 30, 2017 - 8:35AM

    I’m glad most us Pakistanis support the decision of Pakistan’s inclusion. I think we as a nation have had enough of westwards trekking. It is time now to introspect and see what can be done with what we have at our disposal, which quite frankly is a lot.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Jan 30, 2017 - 8:39AM

    Blessing in disguise. Please do it!Recommend

  • razi
    Jan 30, 2017 - 8:46AM

    There was no mention of such moves anywhere in the international media or by any official. As usual fabricated hype.Recommend

  • Haris
    Jan 30, 2017 - 9:15AM

    The insecurities of the Indians here is so bright its blinding !Recommend

  • Sharath Chandra
    Jan 30, 2017 - 9:18AM

    @kamal: Think about the US aid .Recommend

  • Jay Shah
    Jan 30, 2017 - 10:46AM

    The US is definitely not going to ban Pakistani citizens because of the strategic interests that it has in the region. In case such a ban is effected the US not only will get treatment in kind but also Pakistani foreign policy will drift towards the East. With the ambitious Russia trying to regain it’s influence in the region the US will gain less and lose more. Moreover, you guys don’t need to answer every fanatic’s comment. Just being born in the US doesn’t mean a person is supposed to be civilized, Trump and his radicals being the worst examples of this. Recommend

  • Haris
    Jan 30, 2017 - 10:49AM

    @Sharath Chandra…..are you so naive to not understand that the US aid is for US interest, it will continue to pour without even Pakistan asking for it.Recommend

  • Abhay
    Jan 30, 2017 - 11:31AM

    we have cpecRecommend

  • dadol
    Jan 30, 2017 - 12:53PM

    Pakistanies need to worry about their internal issues rather than America, let them ban .. we are happy for that..Recommend

  • azi shahid
    Jan 30, 2017 - 2:11PM

    don’t careRecommend

  • FAZ
    Jan 30, 2017 - 2:17PM

    May be they see lesser competition and quicker visas to work and escape from India. Recommend

  • Raza
    Jan 30, 2017 - 3:33PM

    Do anyone care, we have our own ego and we are fine with it we think we are better than many
    and we are happy in it.

    USA neither willing to do it nor want to do it only if we want then they will impose the ban.Recommend

  • Naurang
    Jan 30, 2017 - 4:03PM

    Pakistan is deserving candidate for this accolade.Recommend

  • Haramullah Fattuddin
    Jan 30, 2017 - 6:09PM

    Pakistan should also extend Visa ban to Americans like Iran. But would it do that. I doubt.Recommend

  • faraz
    Jan 30, 2017 - 7:45PM

    Seriously ??? well I don’t think so.even if it happens what USA will loose and what will it gain from such steps towards an ally in war against terror.and well anyways I see a very angry CIA and 48% public and I strongly believe that within next 2 years we might just see another Watergate the second in U.S history.Recommend

  • Jokeio
    Jan 30, 2017 - 8:32PM

    Good news. Next on ban is Indian IT workers stealing job of Americans using loopholes.Recommend

  • cautious
    Jan 30, 2017 - 8:35PM

    @kamal: Do it USA. I dare you as a Pakistani. Do it and make another 200 million people lifelong enemies
    Based on the comments on this forum I suspect most Pakistanis don’t like American’s anyway so your threat doesn’t really have much substance. Recommend

  • I'm perfict
    Feb 1, 2017 - 1:34AM

    This is not possibleRecommend

  • Temur
    Feb 1, 2017 - 4:55PM

    Than What American Ambassodor is doing here. He should be advised to go back and serve your country thereRecommend

  • JSM
    Feb 2, 2017 - 6:55AM

    @Mohommed poppat:
    Why should China do it on your advice?Recommend

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