Pakistan suspends readmission agreements with western countries

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Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday said Pakistan has suspended readmission agreements with western countries, except the United Kingdom, because of “blatant misuse”.

Addressing a press conference, the minister claimed that most countries have been deporting illegal Pakistani citizens “without verification”, whereas under readmission agreements Pakistanis travelling illegally to any western country have to be deported after proper verification. He added that at least 90,000 people were sent back to Pakistan during the last year.

Nisar also said that Pakistanis travelling abroad without documents are deported on charges of terrorism without proper verification. Even their nationalities are not being verified to ascertain whether or not they are actually Pakistanis, he added.

Responding to a question, the interior minister said India’s “true face” stands exposed before the international community because of recent acts of violence against minorities, especially Muslims.

Earlier, it was reported by Russian news agency Sputnik that Pakistan had expressed readiness to accept its citizens who illegally arrived in the European Union (EU).