Recreational Tour: 150 Mobile Dealers from Pakistan Held at Moscow Airport

More than 150 Pakistani mobile dealers are being detained by Russian immigration authorities at Moscow airport for over 24 hours now.

These mobile dealers, who possess all required travel documents including valid visas, were sent for a recreational tour by M&P, a mobile phone distribution company.

While speaking with ProPakistani, a mobile dealer said that they are in the worst possible conditions and even food had not been served since they were detained.

Ali Qazalbash, who is among the dealers there, told us that Russians might send them back. At the time of writing, no reason had been put forth for detainment and the status of the 150 Pakistanis has not been cleared either.

It’s not hard to understand why Asians, and particularly Pakistanis, are facing issues at airports across Europe. The tragic terrorist attacks on Brussels are only the latest in a series and have resulted in heightened security and more scrutiny.

Pakistan already has the 2nd worst passport in the world for traveling and it’s only going to become harder for us to visit other countries. We can only urge anyone going abroad to ensure they comply with all rules and regulations and make sure they have the proper papers with them.

Mobile phone distribution companies, who send dealers and shopkeepers on tours, should be more concerned about the development.

Being a Pakistani is already a red flag and anything awry might just result in an ordeal you wouldn’t want to ever endure.

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Talal is a Director and the Chief Content Officer at ProPakistani. Reach out at [email protected]


  • These are dealers of Mobilink owned by Vimplecom of Russia. Vimplecom staff should be given same treatment in Pakistan. Nationalise Mobilink.

      • Lol and aamir steps forward immediately to protect his parent company, difficult to show your bias, isn’t it?:p
        True example of don’t bite hand that feeds you…

  • Aur kero support molvi aur takffiries ko, jab molvi burqha jesai pak mien rahen gay aur pakistani awam unkay khalaf nae bolay gi to esai he zillat uthani parhai gi puri qoom ko.

  • Few Questions
    1-If a company has sent them on a tour then they shall hold all the responsibility of the tour. What efforts they have made to do so.
    2-What efforts have been made by the Foreign Office.
    3-Have the Government made any kind of an effort to ask the Russian Government why they have been detained. What kind of violation or the suspicion was their for which they have been detained.

    Finally such company should be banned who can’t take the responsibility of the guests and Mobile Association should be banned their items either they are Samsung or anyother brand.

  • As a Pakistani, I have no respect. Am I the failed person and are we the failed nation? Am I the failed Muslim?
    YES YES YES :(

  • M&P or Samsung? There are some people blaming Samsung for this mishap.

    Nonetheless a proper inquiry should be made to determine the exact problem and if Russians are responsible then some stern action should be taken. Show the Russians if they are crazy we are lunatics :)

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