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PAKISTAN ( Mr Kashmiri Family is Refused to Passports )

PAKISTAN ( Mr Kashmiri Family is Refused to Passports )

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 PAKISTAN: Diplomats and intelligence agency refuse renewal of passport of migrant nationalsAll are residents of Grubenstrasse12, 3322, Urtenen-Schonbuhl, Switzerland Homeaddress in Pakistan: Village- Papanar, Tahsil: District: Sudhnuti, Post Office:Trarkhal, Poonch Azad Kashmir, PAKISTANNames of alleged perpetrators:1. Mr. Hassan Habib, First Secretary, Pakistan Embassy, Bern,Switzerland 2. Inter Services Intelligence- ISI, Islamabad-PAKISTAN 3.Directorate of Immigration and Passport (Head Quarters), Government of Pakistan,Islamabad, PAKISTAN Date of incident: March 2010 Place of incident: Bern,SwitzerlandI am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the denial of renewal of passportsto the Pakistani citizens residing in Switzerland on the instructions of stateintelligence agency, the ISI.I am appalled to know that the Pakistani embassy in Bern, Switzerland, hasaccepted the passports of the seven Pakistani from a family of Pakistani citizen whois on refugee status but denying to renew them since six months, which is grossviolations of freedom movement and rights of citizenships of the individual as wellas the right to leave, and return to, own country under Article 12 of theInternational Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).The detail of the case is that Mr. Sardar Shaukat Kashmiri, chairmanof United Kashmir Peoples National Party was residing in Switzerland after gettingasylum in 2001 at the time of military dictatorship in Pakistan. His family, includingwife and children, migrated in 2002 as the family re-union of accepted refugee. Thepassports of his family members expired in 2007 and the seven persons from thefamily applied for renewal in the first week of March 2010 as the mother of his wifewas bed ridden. After receiving the passports, the visa officer at Pakistan embassyat Bern, capital of Switzerland, asked them to come after one week as embassy hasto take clearance from foreign office in Pakistan. This practice of the embassyofficials was continued for several weeks and always saying that clearance has notcome. In the month of June, Sardar Shaukat contacted one Senator, Mr. HasilBizenjo, to pursue the ministry of interior. Senator talked about the case with Mr.Rahman Malik, the federal minister of interior affairs who asked the complaint inwriting. Senator Bizenjo submitted complaint to minister who directed on June 27to director general immigration and passport to renew the passports.

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