Govt Hasn’t Deported Any Turkish Citizen with Valid Documents: State Minister

Yesterday, while briefing the Senate Standing Committee, State Minister Talal Choudhry confessed that Turkey has been pressurizing Pakistan Government regarding the presence of Turkish citizens in Pakistan.

Providing the details of the affair, the minister said that despite the constant pressure from the Turkish government, the government hasn’t deported any Turkish national with a valid passport and documents.

He added that the government is not aware of the whereabouts of Mesut Kacmaz, his wife, and two daughters, who were abducted by an unknown agency on September 27 this year.

A joint secretary of the interior ministry said,

175 Turkish nationals have left Pakistan and 219 are still residing in the country.

Pak-Turk schools across the country came under scrutiny after Turkish Government named Fethullah Gulen, founder of Gulen movement (Hizmet), as the alleged mastermind behind the failed coup in 2016.

The matter was brought under discussion by Senator Mohammad Ali Khan Saif, who mentioned that many Turks that had legal work permits were also deported and no trial time was given to them before the deportation.

Later, the senator dismissed the affair until next meeting after the State Minister couldn’t satisfy him with his remarks regarding the deportation of Turks.

The committee also heard the briefing given by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) regarding CDA’s recent operation against the Pakistan Medical Housing Society E-11, Multi Professional Society E-11, the J&K Cooperative Housing Society G-15 and Soan Gardens Housing Society Zone 5.

The committee also took proposed Criminal Law — for Protection of Rights of Transgenders — under consideration in the meeting.

The committee members also condemned the recent attack in Peshawar and prayed for the victims. The members requested the committee to take stern actions against enemies of the country and strengthen the security of Pak-Afghan border.


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