Govt has no info on missing 11 Pakistanis
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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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