The Pakistani government has accepted back at least 266,412 of its nationals deported home from other nonwhite nations—but refuses to take back those being deported from Europe, it has emerged.
The deliberately two-faced nature of the Pakistani government’s attitude was revealed last week when that country’s senate was told that more than a quarter million Pakistanis had been forcibly deported as illegal immigrants—mostly from Saudi Arabia.
According to a report in Pakistan’s The News newspaper, the figures were revealed during Question Hour in the Pakistani parliament.
Federal Minister for Interior Nisar Ali Khan said in a written reply that 78,409 persons were deported in 2014; 116,185 in 2015, and 71,818 in 2016. During this period, 175 Pakistanis were deported from Iran, 30 from Afghanistan, and 27 from India.
Primary reasons for their deportation had been overstay, loss of passport, illegal immigration, entry refusal, and fake documents, he added.
From the United Arab Emirates, he continued, 8,434 Pakistanis were deported in 2014, 8,690 in 2015, and 1,352 in 2016.
Replying to further queries, Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Balighur Rehman said that the majority of deportees were sent home by air. Some 4,956 were deported from Iran in 2014, 26,978 in 2015, and 16,159 in 2016 via land, and 1,920 were deported by boat from Oman.
In November 2016, Nisar Ali Khan announced that his government was suspending all readmission agreements with “Western countries” because they were “deporting Pakistanis without verification by Pakistani authorities.”
He said that “under the re-admission agreements, Pakistanis travelling illegally to any Western country were to be deported after proper verification. However, most of the countries are deporting them without verification by Pakistani authorities, and last year alone , 90,000 people were sent back to Pakistan.”
On December 2, 2015, the Pakistani government refused to let 30 of its nationals leave an aircraft which had landed in that country even though it had been pre-arranged with Greece, from where the deportation started.
At that time, Pakistani government spokesmen said that the refusal was based on “non-verification” of the 30 individuals as Pakistanis.
This policy means that Pakistani invaders reaching Europe, who have thrown away their identification documents, are protected from being deported back home.
The Pakistani government demands proof that the deportees are Pakistani nationals before accepting them back—something which is extremely difficult to do without documentation, no matter how obvious from other indicators such as language.
It is also significant that the Pakistani government does not, by its own admission, have any problem with accepting its nationals being deported back without papers from other nonwhite countries.