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Plea for visa ban of two UK nationals


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PIA’s Manchester-bound flight PK 709 carrying 308 people from Pakistan was diverted to an isolated runway on the outskirts of London. This was done under the guidance of two Typhoon fighter jets of the Royal Air Force.

This was caused due to petty arguments among eight members of a Pakistani family, including two British passengers of Pakistani origin. On intervention of the plane’s crew, these two threatened to ‘destroy the plane’. After an emergency landing, no explosive material was found.

This incident has brought bad publicity for PIA and our nation internationally.

It is requested that Pakistani visas of these two undesirable British nationals of Pakistani origin be cancelled and they should be banned from entering Pakistan for life or at least 10 years. This will avoid such incidents in the future.


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Farhan May 28, 2013 07:08am
Totally agree with Mr. Perwaiz. It is about time we pass the message that entering Pakistan is a privilege. Need to pass a strong message that we too take actions to ensure such incident is not repeated in future.
Tahir Mirza (Ex KSA) May 28, 2013 08:17am
Spot on and fully endorsed.
Raj May 28, 2013 11:20am
G.A. May 28, 2013 11:47am
They are probably dual citizens. How do you stop that? What could happen is that the UK government can ban them from flying for life or atleast the airlines could refuse to take them on board.
Agha Ata (USA) May 28, 2013 01:00pm
The best would be to have their British citizenship cancelled, if possible!
ali May 28, 2013 01:45pm
cant agree more.......these so called nationals are taking our national pride for granted. a stern message to all,,,, they would not dare to do this on A BA flight or emirates flight....then why on our national carrier....problem lies with our own people not management....
Tanvir May 28, 2013 02:44pm
Banning won't help, if they go to jail in UK for 10 years, Instead of pointing out just two persons, all UK criminals must be banned from entering Pakistan. Pakistan is alredy full of too many criminals on the loose!
Ali May 28, 2013 07:56pm
What sort of Judgement or request is this. We always go to extreme. Perwaiz Sahib...always play neutral.
Khan May 28, 2013 03:08pm
Who can stop punjabis from entering Pakistan?
sal May 28, 2013 04:19pm
They should be barred from flying anywhere. I'm sure the UK authority will put them on the appropriate lists.
Hamid May 28, 2013 04:28pm
You asking for too much for such as small level indecent..while other - real terrorist wandering free in the streets of pakistan!!!!
sami May 28, 2013 04:43pm
Yes, Paksitan should follow agressive policy in this regard to avoid hassle for its nationals and embarrasment for its national carier. Ban them from entering Paksitan forever....
SBB May 28, 2013 04:50pm
Great idea... and creative too.
Abdul Malik May 28, 2013 05:25pm
Absolutely ! these two MUST be banned for life from entering Pakistan. Let there be no mistake that people should not take Pakistan for granted.
ZAFARI SYED May 28, 2013 06:09pm
The Pilot took the right decision and Manchester authorities took the right action as per book. But suppose it had been a return flight to Lahore. Would our authorities have done the same thing? I doubt very much. Had the family been politically connected the reporting pilot would have been given a hard time and no witnesses would have come forward. While nobody goes to the extent of threatening to blow up the plane, it is quite normal to see brawls among the passengers themselves as well as with the crew, not caring for the instructions to wear the seat-belts or put off the cell phones, over stuffing the overhead bins etc. on Pakistan bound flights. This culture is what makes us a backward nation.
MOHAMMAD May 28, 2013 06:15pm
Chicagoan May 28, 2013 06:29pm
This is flawed logic.... The author mentions that the two british nationals should be banned from entering the country since "This will avoid such incidents in the future." However, in his own letter, he points out that the arguments were among a family of EIGHT members. Is the author saying that by singling out the British nationals, the other 6 would not be involved in such an indecent again?
Ahmed May 28, 2013 06:37pm
Not sure if its legally possible to impose a 10 year/life ban if they are pakistani passport holders alongwith the british passports .... However, a significant financial penalty is in order ... Hit where it hurts i would say and the english are good at that...
Syed Ahmed May 28, 2013 08:04pm
The suggestion is good. Country should always be first and respected. A law can always be enacted in this regard if there is none.
umer May 28, 2013 11:43pm
Don't people of other countries on other airlines ever argue? They are never considered a threat to international security. We, the common people of Pakistan should not be made to pay for the sins of our security establishment.
zafar May 28, 2013 11:54pm
A penalty along the lines of few thousand pounds on each of the two individuals will be appropriate to set an example. If it proves to be a family dispute, how can you impose other penalties on just two ? Such punishment should cover all individuals involved.
LunMian Qawwal May 29, 2013 12:43am
The have flight marShalls on board, they should have intervened and handcuffed the culprits for the rest of the duration of flight...
KHALID May 29, 2013 04:36am
What are you talking about?, Pakistan is the second most hated country in the world according to a recent poll, this was not caused by these two people but the entire Pakistani leadership. PIA is well known to be led by corrupt officials and is a disgrace to the country. The problem with our country is that we see the crimes of small personalities and people of no meaning but we dare speak out regarding the crimes of the high and mighty. The poor and ordinary are the ones being opressed and the so called political elite or shall I call them political shite, are the ones that are enoying the fruits of thier looted booty. Shame on all these corrupt political stogges and shame on you for suggesting that these two British PAKISTANIS are to blame for the bad reputation of PIA. i AM SORRY THESE ARE HARSH WORDS BUT REFELECT REALITY, my aim is not to disrespect your thoughts but to provide some context. Salaam
Murad Iqbal May 29, 2013 04:38am
The author is saying by imposing that ban on the 2 british nationals, who said they would destroy the plane in the middle of a flight, will avoid anyone threatening like this on petty arguments.
Rahul May 29, 2013 06:22pm
"Bad publicity of Pakistan".What does the writer mean? Before this incident do pakistan had good repo in the world.This is just another incident
Ahmed May 29, 2013 08:04pm
Dont think Pakistan CAN do anything in this instance. Fact of the matter is that the flight was Manchester bound and the incident took place in the English airspace i.e. some 4000 miles away from the pakistani airspace .... also they are british nationals so lets not ASSUME reponsiblity for the actions of every Tom, Dick and Harry.