Pak agrees to `take back` citizens residing illegally in UK

Last Updated: Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 22:11

London: Pakistan on Thursday agreed to take
back thousands of its citizens who are illegally residing in
the UK without "valid reasons", even as President Asif Ali
Zardari arrived here for a visit.

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik and his
British Home Secretary Allan Johnson today met here and agreed
to issue emergency travel documents to Pakistani nationals
detained or living illegally in Britain to return home.

Thousands of Pakistanis would benefit from the
understanding reached between the two countries, Malik said.
Johnson, pointing to the number of "illegal" asylum
seekers detained in British jails, said that people "who do
not have a valid reason to stay in the UK need to return."

The detainees would be issued emergency passports by
the Pakistani High Commission free-of-cost and the UK would
facilitate their return, Malik said.

"Let me be very clear and inform the Pakistanis that
they must not think that they can get a permanent status if
they stay here illegally for ten years or more," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 22:11

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