For nation's security, stability: Libya's 'official govt' bans entry of Pakistanis

Published: September 2, 2015
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

BENGHAZI: Libya’s internationally recognised administration based in the east has banned Pakistanis, Yemenis, and Iranians from entering the divided country, a military statement said on Tuesday.

The move widens a visa ban already applied to Sudanese, Bangladeshis, Palestinians and Syrians.

Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni runs only a rump state in eastern Libya after a rival group seized Tripoli a year ago, setting ups its own parliament and a government not recognised by world powers.

Thinni’s government and allied security forces would therefore only be able to enforce the ban at the eastern airports of Tobruk and Labraq and the land crossing with Egypt.

Top army commander Khalifa Haftar, allied to Thinni, signed the latest ban, which cited the overall security situation and a need to preserve “the nation’s security and stability”.

The decision, a copy of which was received by Reuters and confirmed by a senior military official, also said that Sudanese and Bangladeshi were not allowed to come to Libya, as mentioned in previous government statements.

Haftar has repeatedly accused Sudanese, Palestinians and Syrians of having joined Ansar al-Sharia and other militant groups which are his forces in the eastern city of Benghazi. He has also accused Yemenis of having joined militants.

In September 2014, Thinni said Sudan had attempted to airlift weapons and ammunition to the new Tripoli rulers. Khartoum denied this, saying the weapons were meant for a joint border force under a bilateral agreement.

Libya is also a key conduit for Pakistani migrants heading to European shores. Recently, a number of migrants died while trying to cross the Mediterranean in small boats which departed from the coast of Libya.

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  • Neutral
    Sep 2, 2015 - 3:30AM

    Who cares to visit the hottest destination of world. Ban the rebels firstRecommend

  • Sam
    Sep 2, 2015 - 3:36AM

    Very wise move by Libya. All countries that want to live in peace should ban Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Umair
    Sep 2, 2015 - 4:40AM

    All other countries should follow and ban Pakistanis from enteringRecommend

  • sabi
    Sep 2, 2015 - 4:40AM

    No big deal. Bangladesh has a much better reputation and is more respected than Pakistan but they have been banned before us. why fuss. Recommend

  • jay
    Sep 2, 2015 - 4:59AM

    Raw us doing this. But Pakistan will defeat everyone in the world. Recommend

  • umesh
    Sep 2, 2015 - 5:12AM

    one more country-however insignificant-That’s what you have reaped by pursuing of considering only Arabs as your brethren.Recommend

  • vasan
    Sep 2, 2015 - 5:28AM

    What is the common line among the guys who are banned?. What is that this ban tells me about Pakistanis, eternal trouble maker everwhere??? You guessed it.Recommend

  • Indialover
    Sep 2, 2015 - 5:29AM

    Why is it that Pakistanis are getting banned in many Muslim countries ?Recommend

  • raw is war
    Sep 2, 2015 - 5:38AM

    slap from the “UMMA”.Recommend

  • Haris
    Sep 2, 2015 - 5:46AM

    What stupid headlineRecommend

  • joy
    Sep 2, 2015 - 5:48AM

    But we have the Gaddafi stadium and we will go there:)Recommend

  • Azi
    Sep 2, 2015 - 5:57AM

    This is you “brather” country attitude. All you people who dream of unity need to smell some coffee.

    Indians before you start celebrating, I would just say this. Due to your population crisis this time on you isn’t far either.Recommend

  • Kafir
    Sep 2, 2015 - 6:09AM

    Why are Pakistanis a danger to Libyans? Umma really…Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Sep 2, 2015 - 6:34AM

    This News can’t be right if not Libya then what yuganda?Recommend

  • Late HG
    Sep 2, 2015 - 6:42AM

    What happen to “Islamic brother country”?
    OMGRecommend

  • vinsin
    Sep 2, 2015 - 6:43AM

    This is against TNT.Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Sep 2, 2015 - 7:21AM

    This is embarrassing. That too from a biradhar Islami mulk.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Sep 2, 2015 - 9:03AM

    What Pakistanis have not realized is that India is liked by almost all muslim countries and more so after Modi became India’s P.M. India has defense pacts and strategic agreements with more muslim countries than Pakistan. All muslim countries, with the sole exception of Pakistan, respect, love and adore Modi and India.Recommend

  • from india
    Sep 2, 2015 - 10:19AM

    thank you quaid-e-azam…we love you.Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Sep 2, 2015 - 10:22AM

    Let’s laugh at PakistanisRecommend

  • Sep 2, 2015 - 10:31AM

    @Sam: Why did you take the trouble of reading our newspapers? That way, you and us will be insulated against each other. Recommend

  • Sameer
    Sep 2, 2015 - 10:43AM

    It’s not new, Pakistanis are blacklisted every where, that’s why pak passport is third worst passport to travelRecommend

  • Vicky
    Sep 2, 2015 - 10:46AM

    Pakistan should remind them that we are nuclear power, so how dare they ban Pakistanis in their country?Recommend

  • Pea Brain
    Sep 2, 2015 - 11:23AM

    It’s truly astonishing to find so many adults making comments that belittle international news in to some domestic family spat. It is further disturbing to witness the moderator allow such comments to show. The comment section is for a productive discussion on respective articles. All other bickering should be kept confined to personal spaces only. In addition, Indian readers posting comments just come off as insecure and sickeningly racist whereas the Pakistani lot can’t help their arrogance destroy whatever little hope there might be of whatever little introspection. You are both better than this. Looking forward to a healthy discussion. ET, please moderate properly or discontinue the comment section.Recommend

  • Woz Ahmed
    Sep 2, 2015 - 11:46AM

    The only people travelling to Libya are illegal immigrants, it has nothing else to offer but a dangerous route into Europe. This policy will only save lives.

    @Azi , sir I hope your just trying to wind up our Indian friends, our population timebomb is far worst than theirs,

    By 2050 our population is forecast by the UN at 310 million and still growing , India will add 400 million to 1.7 billion, and start declining, a scary figure for the whole globe.

    Our population will grow 60% and theirs 30 % appalling all round, ut sooner we smell the coffee the better !

    http://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/publications/files/keyfindingswpp_2015.pdfRecommend

  • vinsin
    Sep 2, 2015 - 2:09PM

    @Woz Ahmed:
    You are right and Muslims will contribute close to 75% of increment in the subcontinent and will be majority by 2050. Sensing a civil war.

    @Pea Brain:
    You are right but almost all reputed Newspaper in Pakistan have very little tolerance for facts even though it is increasing with time but there are many areas which are still no-no.Recommend

  • Naseer Qureshi
    Sep 2, 2015 - 5:18PM

    There is no more Libya. Fragmented territory that used to be collectively called “Libya” is governed by not two but many militias with their own interpretation of Islam and laws. Many militia groups are supported and armed by foreign countries including European countries. Some of these militant groups ban foreigners from countries where Gaddafi was and is still considered hero. These militias mistakenly perceive foreigners from Gaddafi Loving Sunni Majority countries still have sympathy for former regime and can be used as mercenaries against other rival groups fighting for territory. But the whole world knows Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis etc use Libya for illegal immigration to Europe for better quality of life and better future for their children.Recommend

  • NotIndian
    Sep 2, 2015 - 8:00PM

    Pakistan should consider supporting the MB govt in Tripoli as a response, and thus grow closer to Turkey and Qatar. I assure incompetent Hifter (read about what happened in Chad) that he doesnt want the ISI or the Iranians to get involved in any serious capacity.

    These clowns can’t even deal with a vastly outnumbered enemy rebel groups. The migrant crisis is being fueled by Libyas incompetence, and they couldn’t stop the Quds force from stealing state of the art surface to air missiles when Gaddafi fell.Recommend

  • Factnotfiction
    Sep 2, 2015 - 8:05PM

    I guarantee that more Saudis have joined ISIS Ansar-Sharia and other groups than any Pakistani or Bengali.

    This is another way in which Hifters backers (UAE) are trying to punish Pakistan.

    See it for what it is. The same UAE is allowing Modi to fill the stadiums because of Gwadar and the economic corridor.

    It has very little to do with Pakistan not getting involved in Yemen, that is just a smokescreen.

    They see a colossal threat to their own ports.Recommend

  • sabi
    Sep 3, 2015 - 1:38AM

    @Raj – USA:
    May almighty give you long life..I will ask you about the state of affairs of these pact with Arab countries and Iran after six months.In the mean time pl enlighten us about Indo-US Nuclear deal any solid progress any big project? after all it was signed many years ago.Recommend

  • sabi
    Sep 3, 2015 - 1:41AM

    I would request all the parents not to send their sons abroad through illegal means.Recommend

  • The Book Says
    Sep 3, 2015 - 4:55AM

    Their country, their rules. If you dont like it call Libyan Ambassador and protest. Or retaliate against, same way.Recommend

  • Jawad
    Sep 3, 2015 - 7:42AM

    Who cares, many pakistanis are still living in Tripoli. Pakistan govt should back the tripoli govt. Recommend

  • SKChadha
    Sep 3, 2015 - 8:55AM

    Don’t worry brothers …. Pakistan is progressing fast on its chosen path.Recommend

  • Practical_Paki
    Sep 3, 2015 - 12:04PM

    @Vicky:

    Did you know that Gaddafi supplied a lot the funding that went towards our nuclear program? Please stop this prejudice. Recommend

  • Hella
    Sep 3, 2015 - 1:24PM

    Not surprising. Even Muammur Gadaffi had a very poor opinion of Pakistan. In one of his speeches he tried to frighten his listeners by claiming that Libya would go the way of Pakistan, if he was overthrown.Recommend

  • Hella
    Sep 3, 2015 - 1:25PM

    Nothing new. Pakistanis are banned even by Kuwait.Recommend

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