Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday asked Britain not
to take "any precipitate actions" against Pakistani migrants
living in the UK after a Parliamentary panel here took serious
notice of reports that a large number of people were being
targeted by British authorities.
The Standing Committee on Interior of the Senate or Upper
House of Parliament expressed concern at media reports that
Pakistanis in Britain were being "targeted" following the
signing of a MoU on managed migration between the two nations.
In accordance with the decision of the parliamentary
committee, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi raised the
issue with British High Commissioner Adam Thomson at the
Foreign Office, an official statement said.
Qureshi drew the envoy`s attention to the media reports
and "strongly advised the British government against taking
any precipitate actions against the Pakistanis residing in the
United Kingdom", the statement said.
The large Pakistani community in Britain was generally
law-abiding and was contributing to that country`s economy, he
"In the spirit of excellent relations between Pakistan
and the United Kingdom, it was Pakistan`s expectation that the
British government will be mindful of the rights and welfare
of persons of Pakistan-origin residing in the United Kingdom,"
the statement said.
Pakistan`s envoy in Britain was also instructed to ensure
that the rights and welfare of Pakistanis are fully
Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit, while answering a
question on the issue during the weekly news briefing, said
that the agreement between Pakistan and Britain allowed only
120 illegal migrants to be deported in a month.