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Govt has no info on missing 11 Pakistanis

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 19:09

New Delhi: Government has no information if
11 Pakistani nationals, who came to India for medical
treatment, have gone back, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Minister of state for Home Mullappally Ramachandran said
this when enquired about the Pakistani citizens disappearing
in the country after medical treatment.

"As per information available, departure of 11 Pakistan
nationals who had come on medical visas...could not be
confirmed," he said in a written reply.

According to the data, one Pakistani national has been
missing since 2008, three in 2009, two in 2010 and five have
disappeared after medical treatment in 2011, he said.

Medical visas are granted to Pakistan nationals whose
sole purpose is to seek medical treatment in established
hospitals in India and who have obtained prior appointment for
medical treatment.

908 Pakistan nationals had visited India in 2009 on
medical visas. 27 citizens out of them had not returned till
July 2011. However, since then, the departure of 24 of the 27
Pakistan nationals has been confirmed. Steps have been taken
to verify departure of the remaining three, he said.

He also said foreign nationals who visit India on medical
visas are required to get themselves registered with the
Foreign Regional Registration Office/Foreigners
Registration Office within seven days from the date of arrival
in India.

The FRROs/FROs are also tasked with the
responsibility of surveillance and vigil on the movement and
activities of such Pakistani nationals, he said.

These powers to identify and deport illegally staying
foreign nationals have also been delegated to the State
Governments/Union Territory Administrations.

In reply to another question, the minister said "till
December 2010, 13,747 Afghan nationals, 8,319 Pakistan
citizens and 28,667 Bangladeshis who entered India on valid
travel documents have been found to be overstaying."


First Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 19:09
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