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Over 14,000 visas extended unlawfully: ‘Investigation into security nightmare gathering dust’



ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Interior’s inquiry team probing into Pakistan's massive visa scam has asked NAB to conduct a wide ranging probe into issuing visas to around 14,000 foreigners who allegedly got their travel documents processed by submitting either bogus, suspicious, forged, invalid, fake or incomplete credentials in the past three years.

The inquiry conducted by a senior officer of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has alarmed the government that "the biggest visa scam has not only endangered the national security but has also put the reputation of the state institutions at stake." "This [visa scam] is a fit case to be forwarded to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to dig out the extent of the official network, their corruption and most importantly to trace the assets and examine their lifestyle improvements," recommended the inquiry report prepared by Khalid Rasool, Joint Secretary Ministry of Interior.

Earlier, the spokesman for the MoI said, “inquiry has been referred to FIA and not to the NAB. The FIA has been directed by MoI to complete the investigation soon into the visa scam,” added the spokesman. The FIA has been directed to conduct “forensic examination of letters from the MoI granting NOC for business visas categories from Jan 2018 to Feb 2020. The probe would cover all cases where extensions were granted to visas of all categories by IMPASS based at Lahore, Islamabad, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi at their own as the MoI can grant six month extensions," read the report, exclusively available with The News/Geo News.

Informed officials of MoI said multiple inquiries were to held to probe into this biggest visa scam but the one conducted by Jt Secretary alone recommended wide scale action against the entire network by identifying over two dozen specific officials. This was submitted to the former Minister for Interior Brig. (retd) Ijaz Shah who wanted a severe action against the responsible officers,” a senior official told this correspondent. “But later on the issue was hushed up due to sensitivity as it involved foreign nationals working in Pakistan,” he said while seeking anonymity. The security nightmare now seems to have been brushed under the carpet and the usual hush, hush prevails about it. It now appears that the MoI neither wanted to bring the findings into limelight nor wanted to take action against the officials involved in the scam, he added. On the contrary, the FIA was assigned in Sept 2020 to investigate and hold inquiry into the security nighmare is yet to come out with any conclusive report. In fact overnight another disturbing issue was highlighted when directions were given to Joint Secretary Ministry Khalid Rasool to report immediately to the Establishment Division.

The report also recommended across the board inquiry with a larger mandate to investigate all the cases of extensions granted on visas of all categories by the IMPASS at their own and also on the recommendations of MoI in the last five years.

According to the report, the letters were issued by the then section officer (PE-III). They were embossed by a machine available only with the MoI and they were marked by hand written fake impose numbers. In many cases when the authenticity was reconfirmed, the section officer would claim that the letter is fake and outrightly deny issuing any letter whereas a majority of cases were processed by the passport offices, revealed the report prepared in September 2020.
It is a matter of grave concern that all the fake letters unearthed till date bear the signatures of a lady visa officer, despite the fact that there are three other sections which deal with other categories of visas and none of their letters tuned out to be fake, stated the report.

The MoI virtually did nothing to ascertain the veracity of companies applying for the extensions of individual foreigners. The News/ Geo News got exclusive access to a highly confidential communications between the MoI, Directorate General of Immigration and Passports and FIA, which reveals that over two dozen officials committed gross violation of country’s visa policy by processing over 14,000 visa applications (visit, business and work) jeopardizing the vital security interests. The “business visas have become more of a racket or mafia working for promoting interests of foreigners in Pakistan. Cases were also identified where visa/ visa extensions were given without any verification, nor the credentials of foreign applicants were checked against the blacklist. The officer of the relevant section in utter disregard of the policy extended visas whimsically to facilitate foreigners with doubtful credentials.

According to the report. as many as 13,671 visa extensions were processed in the last one year from Lahore alone. A random check of about 6,000 applications suggested that visa policy and rules were flouted to issue the extensions,” revealed the confidential communications between FIA, MoI and DPI in recent months. “Original references (visa extensions advices) were found missing from the record. The format, contents and grammar of the letters for visa extension are sufficient to prove that they were not authentic."

Despite inquiries and their reports regarding the large network of specific officials behind the security lapse, only some of the MoI, FIA and DGPI officials including the two female officers were directed to report back to the Establishment Division, transferred or suspended. Instead, the Joint Secretary Ministry of Interior, Khalid Rasool, who came out with the hard hitting report and recommended action again Director Passport Lahore and the visa officers been asked, to report Establishment Division without assigning any reasons while the FIA Director Islamabad continues to drag on the inquiry pending since September 2020.


 

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There have been massive irregularities that lead Indian nationals tour Azad Kashmir.

Governments policy of attracting tourism in pandemic only yielded Indian interests.
 

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14000... Bhai itne to spy bhi nai pore Pakistan ma.

Its about giving incomplete or correct details, but mainly apne bando Ko seat Dene k lye..

Har baat ma India k name le kar corruption Karna so koi awaz na utha sake.
 
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This was submitted to the former Minister for Interior Brig. (retd) Ijaz Shah who wanted a severe action against the responsible officers,” a senior official told this correspondent. “But later on the issue was hushed up due to sensitivity as it involved foreign nationals working in Pakistan,” he said while seeking anonymity. The security nightmare now seems to have been brushed under the carpet and the usual hush, hush prevails about it. It now appears that the MoI neither wanted to bring the findings into limelight nor wanted to take action against the officials involved in the scam, he added.
No wonder Nihari Lover Nawaz got his favorite indians employed into his illegal (black money) Enterprise's in Pakistan & used to meet with indian tycoon jindal..

The News/ Geo News got exclusive access to a highly confidential communications between the MoI, Directorate General of Immigration and Passports and FIA, which reveals that over two dozen officials committed gross violation of country’s visa policy by processing over 14,000 visa applications (visit, business and work) jeopardizing the vital security interests. The “business visas have become more of a racket or mafia working for promoting interests of foreigners in Pakistan. Cases were also identified where visa/ visa extensions were given without any verification, nor the credentials of foreign applicants were checked against the blacklist.
Strict punishment is needed & throw these corrupt officials to jail for at least 15 years + 100 lashes each year, make an example out of them.. In logon ka qibla sirf nikalny sa ni sahi hota & na he baki log phr darty hen jab saza ni milty :mad:
 

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No wonder Nihari Lover Nawaz got his favorite indians employed into his illegal (black money) Enterprise's in Pakistan & used to meet with indian tycoon jindal..


Strict punishment is needed & throw these corrupt officials to jail for at least 15 years + 100 lashes each year, make an example out of them.. In logon ka qibla sirf nikalny sa ni sahi hota & na he baki log phr darty hen jab saza ni milty :mad:
forensic examination of letters from the MoI granting NOC for business visas categories from Jan 2018 to Feb 2020.
 

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Which part of the political appointees have destroyed every government agency in Pakistan is a problem understanding, but in this case I am thinking PRO PML-N newspaper, The News and @ejaz007 are somehow trying to blame what PML_N did on IK again?
 

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Horrifying to say the least.

This is why an internal agency with troops available is needed and management of sensitive matters from guarding airports, sea ports etc to immigration must be handed over to them. More like FSB in Russia.

Either disband FIA or make it an arm of a more powerful organization whose sole purpose is internal control.
 

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Which part of the political appointees have destroyed every government agency in Pakistan is a problem understanding, but in this case I am thinking PRO PML-N newspaper, The News and @ejaz007 are somehow trying to blame what PML_N did on IK again?
From the above article.

'The report also recommended across the board inquiry with a larger mandate to investigate all the cases of extensions granted on visas of all categories by the IMPASS at their own and also on the recommendations of MoI in the last five years'.


This racket has been operating from before PTI came to power. Now they are being caught, probably established in PPP or plmn era.

The part you highlighted clearly says from Jan 2018, IK took charge on 14th August. @El Sidd. I know you are educated enough to be able to read the date clearly.
 

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From the above article.

'The report also recommended across the board inquiry with a larger mandate to investigate all the cases of extensions granted on visas of all categories by the IMPASS at their own and also on the recommendations of MoI in the last five years'.


This racket has been operating from before PTI came to power. Now they are being caught, probably established in PPP or plmn era.

The part you highlighted clearly says from Jan 2018, IK took charge on 14th August.
I think you are having troubles quoting me. Its a double quote so I will help you out.

Lets put it this way then.

6 months of accountability for PMLn
18 months for PTi

PPP goes home scotch free.
 

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I think you are having troubles quoting me. Its a double quote so I will help you out.

Lets put it this way then.

6 months of accountability for PMLn
18 months for PTi

PPP goes home scotch free.
Yes thanks for the help.

Haha, no wonder the racket has been running for long, that's why they recommended investigating for the last 5 years for all visa categories given extension.

To a saner mind its easy to conclude the racket was set up during either plmn or PPP tenure and got caught in pti term.
 

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The part you highlighted clearly says from Jan 2018, IK took charge on 14th August.
We can assume most of them were during the period where Modi was not a Nazi and then became one on Aug 05,2019.
Yes thanks for the help.

Haha, no wonder the racket has been running for long, that's why they recommended investigating for the last 5 years for all visa categories given extension.

To a saner mind its easy to conclude the racket was set up during either plmn or PPP tenure and got caught in pti term.
Everybody knows this.

Foreign mercenaries are roaming the country on business tours.
 

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We can assume most of them were during the period where Modi was not a Nazi and then became one on Aug 05,2019.

Everybody knows this.

Foreign mercenaries are roaming the country on business tours.
Before August 2018 modi was our family friend.

Things changed a lot after IK took office. Multiple plmn media cell twitter profiles changed their ID and revealed their Indian identity. Just an example go through this particular profile will reveal a lot about hate for IK in India and love for PLMN in BJP cells.


Anyways I am more interested in the outcome of inquiry.
 

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200,000 CNICs fraudulently obtained by Afghans cancelled
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Sheikh Rashid speaks to the media in Rawalpindi on Saturday. — DawnNewsTV

Sheikh Rashid speaks to the media in Rawalpindi on Saturday. — DawnNewsTV
RAWALPINDI: As many as 200,000 computerised national identity cards (CNICs) fraudulently obtained by Afghan nationals have been cancelled, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Saturday.
Talking to reporters at the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) office at Rehmanabad, he said these cards had been issued to Afghan nationals on the basis of bogus documents, including fake birth certificates.
He said that the data of 1.5 million Afghan refugees was with Pakistan and about 800,000 Afghan refugees were living in the country illegally.
The interior minister said that online visa facility had been provided to citizens of 192 countries and 200,000 applications had been received for online visa in a single day.
“To eliminate the chances of corruption, we have launched online visa service as there are chances of corruption in manual processing of visa,” the minister said.
He said that India had established cells in European countries to spread disinformation about Pakistan but “we would defeat such disinformation against our country and state institutions”.
Minister says those making anti-army remarks to be booked within 72 hours
He said that 300 vans of Nadra would visit different areas across the country to facilitate the masses and 50 Nadra offices would remain open round the clock. However, after a few weeks, those 24-hour offices will be closed where no one will arrive at night.
The interior minister said that a new police force, Eagle Squad, equipped with latest technology would be raised soon to provide security in Islamabad.
Sheikh Rashid warned that cases would be registered within 72 hours against those people who made derogatory remarks against Pakistan Army.
He said that a case would be registered against Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl leader Mufti Kifayatullah over his anti-army statements and the complaint against him had been referred to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In reply to a question, he said that the passport of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was expiring on Feb 16 after which it would not be reviewed.
Asked about any chance of cancelation of retd Gen Pervez Musharraf’s passport, he said that he had not received any application for renewal of his passport and a decision would be taken when such an application came.
He said that the opposition parties had kept resignations of their lawmakers in the locker and they would not submit the resignations to the national and provincial assemblies. Similarly, the opposition would not boycott the Senate elections and by-polls.
However, Mr Rashid said, the Pakistan Democratic Movement would stage a long march on Islamabad and “we will start preparations to counter it from Monday (tomorrow)”. He said that he had recently visited Peshawar to counter the long march and will visit Lahore next week as the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf was in power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. “We will chalk out a strategy to maintain law and order.”
However, he said that dialogue was a democratic process and no political party should avoid it.
Criticising the PDM chief, he said: “Maulana Fazlur Rehman should stop dreaming about Islamabad and should understand the difference between Islam and Islamabad.”
The Pakistan Peoples Party had “defeated” the PDM parties, he said and added that Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari was sensible and had played his cards well. He said that Mr Bhutto-Zardari would find a “good path” for himself but the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had created problems for itself by using foul language.
Published in Dawn, January 3rd, 2021


A lot of good things are happening in the background.
 

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Before August 2018 modi was our family friend.

Things changed a lot after IK took office. Multiple plmn media cell twitter profiles changed their ID and revealed their Indian identity. Just an example go through this particular profile will reveal a lot about hate for IK in India and love for PLMN in BJP cells.


Anyways I am more interested in the outcome of inquiry.
Yes let's talk back in 20 years
Criticising the PDM chief, he said: “Maulana Fazlur Rehman should stop dreaming about Islamabad and should understand the difference between Islam and Islamabad.”
Secular Naya Pakistan
The Pakistan Peoples Party had “defeated” the PDM parties, he said and added that Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari was sensible and had played his cards well. He said that Mr Bhutto-Zardari would find a “good path” for himself but the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had created problems for itself by using foul language.
NRO
 

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