Chaudhry Nisar claims among 280,000 Immigrants Living in Pakistan 116,000 are Afghan

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Thursday, 30 July 2015 15:53

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar informed the National Assembly on Thursday that more than 280,000 immigrants are living in Pakistan of some five major countries.

“As many as 116,308 Afghan nationals are living as immigrants in the country, higher than any other country,” Nisar told the House. Besides Afghans, 52,486 Americans, 79,447 British citizens and 17,320 Canadians are residing in the country, the interior minister added.

Interestingly, around 16,501 Indians are also living in Pakistan.

Nisar said an effective policy is being implemented to stop immigrants from coming to Pakistan for illegal activities while steps have been taken against immigrants involved in illegal activities in the country.

The minister revealed that an estimated 400,000 foreigners have arrived in Pakistan since 2007.

Lamenting the fact that the number of passport offices operating in the country is lot less than required, Nisar said the government aims to double the number of passport offices from the existing 79. He further said that these offices will be established on merit wherever required.

Nisar also informed the House that the government is formulating new policies regarding Exit Control List, arms licenses, and issuance of visas, while a policy regarding security agencies will be announced within two months under which all the security agencies will be required to provide services to its clients according to the agreement. All the security agencies will have to get security clearance of its employees and will have to conduct proper training of their personnel, said Nisar adding that the provincial governments will also be consulted in formulating the policy regarding security agencies to bring standardisation in the policy.

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