Pakistan refuses to accept deported refugees from Europe

Pakistani Interior Ministry says country will refuse to accept any deported citizens from Europe despite deal signed with EU in 2009

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Photo by: Reuters

Refugees from Pakistan and Bangladesh wait after being detained by Turkish authorities at a bus terminal in Bodrum, Turkey.

A Pakistani Interior Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday that the country will not accept any deported citizens from Europe.

Pakistani Interior Ministry spokesman, who asked for anonymity, said more than 90,000 people were deported within the last year.

In 2009, Pakistan signed a deal with the European Union (EU), according to the deal, Europe has the right to repatriate illegal Pakistani immigrants.

However, the spokesman said "There were some irregularities in the implementation of this agreement."

"The signing country had to first verify the nationality of that person who was being deported but there were instances where the nationality was not being verified. The minister took notice and the agreement is temporarily suspended." he added.

Between December 2014 and September 2015, more than 68,000 Pakistanis - between the age of 18 to 35 - have requested asylum in the EU, according to the estimates of the Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency. However, 80 percent of the asylum requests were rejected.

Pakistanis are fleeing to Europe due to economic reasons and the lack of job opportunities, Choudhry Shabbir Ahmed, the head of Overseas Pakistanis Commission District said.

Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said On Tuesday that Pakistan will punish any airlines that bring deportees back without the permission of the Interior Ministry.

"Any airline that brings deportees to Pakistan without Interior Ministry permission and without Pakistan travel documents will be fined heavily," said Nisar.

Furthermore, deportees accused of having militant links would not be accepted without clear evidence.

"Accusing any Pakistani of terrorism without evidence is human rights violation," Khan said.

European leaders are calling for stricter controls on refugees, over the fears of DAESH penetration and execution of more terrorist attacks, after Paris attack last week which killed 129 people and injured over 300. 

Europe is suffering from inability to control the huge influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing poverty and war in Syria Iraq Afghanistan and African countries.


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