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‘107 Pakistanis staying in India illegally’


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Home Minister of Maharashtra RR Patil. — Photo by Reuters.
Home Minister of Maharashtra RR Patil. — Photo by Reuters.

MUMBAI: Some 107 Pakistani nationals appear to have gone missing in the Indian state of Maharashtra after the expiration of their visas, the Hindustan Times said in a report published Tuesday.

Responding to a query raised by members of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil said 60 Pakistani nationals live in the state without any permit or visa, despite local authorities being aware of their whereabouts.

Additionally, until December 31, 2012, 5, 807 Pakistani nationals were found to be living in Maharashtra. Out of these, 1, 975 were issued long-terms visas, while 72 had short-term visas. Patil said requests made by 2,144 Pakistanis had been put forward to the centre and state for visa extension, but these were still pending.

He added that 1, 330 Pakistanis were living in the state on visit visas, out of which 177 were in the country for training, conferences and medical treatment.

He refused to acknowledge any delay on part of the state to filter illegal immigrants, saying police authorities and state intelligence agencies had been directed to find them and to take appropriate action. He signed off saying some cases were also being heard by courts.

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Ahmed Sultan (India) Mar 19, 2013 05:31am
Indian Home Minister R R Patil: he is home minister of the state of Maharashtra
K G Surendran Mar 19, 2013 06:22am
Not surprising some Pakistanis staying back considering the volatile situation back home but from an Indian perspective it would be "107" too many, as it is we have far too many of our own, and if some of them are a security threat then the government better find them or pray that the prey does not do any damage.
ss Mar 19, 2013 07:00am
God knows how many indians are here in Pakistan.
Ram Krishan Sharma Mar 19, 2013 07:05am
It is strange that Pakistanis are becoming illegal immigrants in almost all the non- muslim countries.
Raoul Ciao Mar 19, 2013 07:17am
I think , considering the situation back home, Indian authorities should let them stay on humanitarian grounds. Maybe give asylum etc. Otherwwise, especially if they're non Sunni's or other religion based, safer they stay hidden in India than return.
vjaiswal35 Mar 19, 2013 07:37am
I am sure these Pakistanis are not reading the comments on various discussion boards of Dawn and ET etc where all commentators are shouting that India is very bad and the life of Muslims is pathetic in India. Wonder they do not desire to the land of the pure?
rich Mar 19, 2013 08:37am
as far as i know if a pakistni or indian want to visit each other a letter has to be obtained from a sponsor, mostly from a family incase of personal visit, so in that case it would be easy to find the missing pakitanis, just pick up their sponsor, bec moost of these missing person could be terrorist, either trainning local or setting up sleeper cells its a very dangerous situation
haris Mar 19, 2013 08:43am
Don't you find it strange many Indians too are becoming illegal immigrants in all most all over the World? Ddid you find it strange that during the mid-80s brawl in India many Indians became illegal immigrant in Pakistan?
ashokathegtreat Mar 19, 2013 09:18am
I will like to request Maharashtra government and have a different approachto deal with these missing pakistanis.iff instead of scaring them by saying that states police has been asked to find them and take appropriate action,we should declare that an extension in their visa's will be considered iff they decide to come out of hiding and so that their stay becomes legal and those who remain in hiding even after this then a joint action with pakistani law enforcement and indian police should comd and identyfy them and let pakistani government deal with them.I think even at border Indian and pakistani joint effort should be used to solve problems like somebody beheading Indian soldiers and try to find their heads instead of keep on repeating that pakistani army is well trained Army and can never do something like this.just tell them lo come on lets try to find those heads and later try to find who was involved in that act..this policy will work to solve every problem between two countries.please give your openion about my proposal and please ask the politicians to declare that they will try to solve every problem between India and pakistan before you give them your Vote.
Funny Guy Mar 19, 2013 10:02am
Wrong information, they are 107.32....:-)
Gopi Mar 19, 2013 10:03am
Open your house then....typing is easy
K G Surendran Mar 19, 2013 10:20am
Not surprising some Pakistanis staying back considering the volatile situation back home but from an Indian perspective it would be
wah bhai wah Mar 19, 2013 10:29am
...including muslim countries.
TKhan Mar 19, 2013 11:38am
107 out of over 1 billion, not even mathematically a concern. How you are going to catch them, we all look alike? Unless Indian Police start checking the lower half of billion citizens. Then what do you do with females deserters? Either way it may be a great outsourcing opportunity, a proud gigs for Indians.
Iqbal Mar 19, 2013 11:51am
"despite local authorities being aware of their whereabouts."..... why have you come to media Mr. Patil then? go do your job and get them :)
deepak Mar 19, 2013 12:25pm
haris - Ok for a time being accept that "Indians too are becoming illegal immigrants". But I doubt about that. Basic difference is Indians don't curse these countries and do anything to migrate to these countries what pakistanis does. Look at pakistanis visas are not given to them forget about non muslim countries. Even muslim countries like UAE, Abu Dhabi,etc are also not giving visas to pakistanis.
ahmed41 Mar 19, 2013 12:33pm
Rich ji, "--- these missing person could be terrorist, either trainning local or setting up sleeper cells its a very dangerous situation ---" Yes AND No !!!! How can ALL such missing persons be terrorists ? If Pakistan stops generating non-state extremists , then anyone is welcome to migrate.
sree Mar 19, 2013 02:11pm
For all we know these may be ordinary decent people who cannot get an extension of their visas easily. If fleeing persecution, better life, medical treatments are the most likely reasons for them to stay beyond their visa period we should feel good about it. Being a large supplier of immigrants to the western world, I dont think we should have dual standards. As far as terrorists go they seem to have ways to come in, out side the visa controls and other legal means. Lets stop harrassing ordinary people on both sides of the border..holding up fishermen..getting worked up about a few dozen visa overstayers etc..
babu Mar 19, 2013 03:17pm
SS , God knows !! ,whose god ???
HM, Canada Mar 19, 2013 03:19pm
Not less than few millions.
pathanoo Mar 19, 2013 04:22pm
Mr. RK Sharma, Even the Muslims know better not to go to a Muslim majority country. Tells a great deal about the lands of great Islam, doesn't it?
pathanoo Mar 19, 2013 04:24pm
Can you find one? Except criminals running from the justice.
munaf Mar 19, 2013 05:07pm
Why are the Pakistani nationals leaving their countries in droves.They are using all sorts of tricks to run from Pakistan. What has gone wrong in the land of pure?
Yang Mar 19, 2013 06:57pm
According to Indian foreign ministry 90% gone missing were Pakistani Hindus seeking economic stability in Mumbai
Yang Mar 19, 2013 06:59pm
No Gopi, Open your heart..........typing is easy.
Yang Mar 19, 2013 06:59pm
No Gopi, Open your heart
Yang Mar 19, 2013 07:02pm
For Pakistani Muslim, India is one of the most dangerous place to live.
aftabwilson Mar 19, 2013 07:06pm
I think majority must be our Hindu citizens due to the factor known to all (discrimination). When will we see the figures here in Pakistan? Probably in millions because our agencies only sniffs their own citizens and seldom have any time to check foreigners who are playing havoc with our country.
SHK Mar 19, 2013 08:31pm
malik Mar 19, 2013 08:40pm
Is Veena Malik one of them?
Gautam Mar 19, 2013 09:06pm
You are right, 'Only god knows'. As per human intelligence, there are NONE!
Shah Mar 19, 2013 10:29pm
Are you blind? Do you not see all the anti-Pakistani comments made by Indians on Dawn!
avid_supporter Mar 19, 2013 11:31pm
Find out how many illegal indian immigrants are there in the US. You will be shocked.
MARK Mar 20, 2013 01:49am
Shruti Mar 20, 2013 03:24am
Ahmed, not all (infact not most) but even if very few are, that's dangerous! Though I am sure the intelligence knows more. Any simplistic over-generalized discussion on this issue is very futile.
Shruti Mar 20, 2013 03:29am
I am pretty sure, that's whats happening at ground level. If that weren't happening, many thousands of 'illegal' refugees from many neighboring countries wouldn't be staying in India. But of-course there are safety issues and such asylums can't be unconditionally offered.
Rameez Mar 20, 2013 04:41am
He did not come to the media. He was responding to a query in the assembly of the state of Maharastra
Chanakya Mar 20, 2013 05:10am
Yes. They are in jails.
Ravi Ingale from University of Pune. Mar 20, 2013 06:24am
So what 107, there are 50 million Bangladeshi lives in India Illegally but they don't create any violence and not breaking any law and order thats why India don't have any objection about them. If Pakistani lives in India peacefully without visa then India also will not have any objection about them.
shaheen zada dawar Mar 20, 2013 07:16am
very fruitfull idea for both pakistan and india.i really very appriate you for such goood thinkig
shaheen zada dawar Mar 20, 2013 07:25am
deepak who says to you that UAE, abu dhabi not giving visas to pakistani.?????????? from where you are giving these misdiscription
Alan Mar 20, 2013 10:37am
it is really scary...dont know if i should like your comment though i completely agree with you..
Chanakya Mar 20, 2013 12:43pm
There was a great film producer, director actor in India, before all these "B" class actors came into being.His name was" Sohrab Modi".No relation to Narendra Modi.He used to say " Jadoo woh jo sar chadh kar bole." We, in the US have saying"Bees go where the honey is."So The Pakistanis come to India for better life. Not for the love of India.And I don't blame them. I came to the US for the same.But why Indians will go to Pakistan unless they have evil design.
Chanakya Mar 20, 2013 12:58pm
If you are not sure about "Veena," look yourself in the mirror.
Moham-mad(Pakistani) Mar 20, 2013 02:07pm
illegal is illegal,if they will be caught they will surely punished!!
Aslam Mar 20, 2013 02:58pm
hahaha.. funny.
Shruti Mar 20, 2013 04:17pm
:-P its not Dawned upon them yet