European-style surveillance for foreigners in Pakistan

European-style surveillance for foreigners in Pakistan

Islamabad: Government of Pakistan will adopt American and European style surveillance to keep tracking the foreigners visiting Pakistan, The Express Tribune reported.

In the latest meeting of intra-provincial committee secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs raised the issue of Afghan students studying in various seminaries based in the country.

He briefed the committee on the links of these students with militancy in Pakistan on which the national security advisor said that there should be surveillance of all such students and on expiry of their visit visas they should be sent back to their homeland.

The secretary said that they are closely monitoring the situation and might change the visa regime very soon.

During the meeting, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif expressed his wish that Pakistan should adopt a tracking system being used by the US and European countries to keep an eye on foreign visitors in the country.

This comes after former interior minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan ordered in April immediate suspension of issuance of visas on arrival (landing permits) to foreigners to avoid any ‘irregularities’ in the database.

Addressing a high-level meeting held at the Ministry of Interior, he had asked the participants for strict implementation of rules and regulations in the ministry and its attached departments.

The interior minister also ordered the Ministry of Interior to revise and update visa rules.