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Govt to take action against overstaying foreigners: Malik

13 February, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik talks to media persons during his visit at Passport Office.
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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Rehman Malik on Tuesday warned overstaying foreigners in Pakistan to get their stay regularised otherwise they would face legal action including heavy fine.

Talking to media persons after chairing a meeting here at Passport and Immigration Office Headquarters, he said the foreigners will have to get their stay regularised within 15 days as the government would not allow overstay in Pakistan after expiry of their visas.

The minister said he has constituted a task force to check foreigners staying in the country illegally. He said in spite of all security issues, general elections will be held on time. "There is a mindset that wants to disrupt the elections, but we are committed to conduct the elections on time and in a democratic manner."

To a question, he said situation in Balochistan is gradually improving.He said Director General FIA and Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) would ensure deportation of Tauqeer Sadiq to Pakistan. He said a team would be sent to bring back Tauqeer Sadiq. Shakeel Anjum adds: The government has issued directions that no one will be allowed to enter Pakistan from Afghanistan without legal documents, the Interior Ministry sources said.

Pakistan ambassador in Afghanistan will be requested to inform the Afghan authorities for the same. It has also been directed to constitute a committee headed by Additional Secretary Saud Mirza that will work out a policy for students (both university and Madaris) and there shall be no discrimination for issuance of student visas. Instructions have also been given to devise a policy for the visas for NGOs working in Pakistan.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik visited Directorate General of Passports and Immigration and a detailed briefing was given by Director General Immigration and Passports to the minister.

During the briefing, the minister was told that during the period from October 2004 to March 2008, 5.527 million passports were issued whereas during the tenure of present government, i.e. April 2008 till date 12.345 million passports have been issued thus, there has been an increase of seven million in total number of passports issued. Moreover, Rs21.815 billion revenue was earned from October 2004 to March 2008, whereas in last five years, i.e. April 2008 till date, Rs48.696 billion has been generated as revenue receipts.

DG Immigration and Passports also appraised the minister that there has been 90 percent increase in establishment of new offices within the country whereas 120 percent increase in establishment of MRP offices at foreign missions.

Rehman Malik announced extension of one year for clearance of multiple identity card and passport cases from Black List under amnesty scheme. The minister also ordered that a detailed summary be made for the revamping of the Directorate of Passports and Immigration which includes creation of additional posts, revised pay structure on the lines of Islamabad Police and decentralisation of printing facility.


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