PTI peace march: Pakistan High Commission denies receiving journalists' visa applications

Pakistan mission rejects claims that two foreign journalists were denied visas.


Web Desk September 29, 2012

The Pakistan High Commission in London has rejected news that two foreign journalists who were invited to cover the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) South Waziristan peace march were denied Pakistani visas. The party had earlier issued a statement claiming that the two journalists had been denied visas.

In a statement sent to The Express Tribune, the Pakistan High Commission categorically denied the news and maintained that it had not received any visa applications from journalists Carol Grayson and Yacine Helali, as claimed by the PTI.

The statement added that the Pakistan High Commission has always been “generous” in issuing visas to journalists, however, “it has to follow certain rules, regulations as well as security requirements for areas such as South Waziristan where war against terrorism is on”.

“These constraints are essentially for the safety of journalists to secure them against any untoward incident that could lead to embarrassment for Pakistan in foreign media. Therefore, the Pakistan High Commission, London has to seek clearance from relevant security agencies for necessary action,” the statement added.

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Bilal Magsi | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Thanks Carol for clarification. As a staunch PTI supporter and hatred towards drones attack, we are disappointed on the denial of visa. We will support PTI in this march and hopefully it will prove success in highlighting issues of drone victims. Hope innocents get some relief and justice.

Pakistani | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Thanks Carol for at least trying.

I hope you get to Pak somehow and can help us stopping this massacre.

Apologies on behalf of my fellow countrymen who are putting up senseless comments.

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