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)
March 19, 2013 5:31 am
Indian Home Minister R R Patil: he is home minister of the state of Maharashtra
K G Surendran
March 19, 2013 6:22 am
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
March 19, 2013 7:00 am
God knows how many indians are here in Pakistan.
Ram Krishan Sharma
March 19, 2013 7:05 am
It is strange that Pakistanis are becoming illegal immigrants in almost all the non- muslim countries.
Raoul Ciao
March 19, 2013 7:17 am
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
March 19, 2013 7:37 am
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
March 19, 2013 8:37 am
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
March 19, 2013 8:43 am
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
March 19, 2013 9:18 am
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
March 19, 2013 10:02 am
Wrong information, they are 107.32....:-)
Gopi
March 19, 2013 10:03 am
Open your house then....typing is easy
K G Surendran
March 19, 2013 10:20 am
Not surprising some Pakistanis staying back considering the volatile situation back home but from an Indian perspective it would be “107? too many, we are 1.3 billion too many and still counting, and if some of them are a security threat then the government better find them or pray that the prey does no damage.
wah bhai wah
March 19, 2013 10:29 am
...including muslim countries.
TKhan
March 19, 2013 11:38 am
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
March 19, 2013 11:51 am
"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
March 19, 2013 12:25 pm
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
March 19, 2013 12:33 pm
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
March 19, 2013 2:11 pm
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
March 19, 2013 3:17 pm
SS , God knows !! ,whose god ???
HM, Canada
March 19, 2013 3:19 pm
Not less than few millions.
pathanoo
March 19, 2013 4:22 pm
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
March 19, 2013 4:24 pm
Can you find one? Except criminals running from the justice.
munaf
March 19, 2013 5:07 pm
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
March 19, 2013 6:57 pm
According to Indian foreign ministry 90% gone missing were Pakistani Hindus seeking economic stability in Mumbai
Yang
March 19, 2013 6:59 pm
No Gopi, Open your heart..........typing is easy.
Yang
March 19, 2013 6:59 pm
No Gopi, Open your heart……….typing is NOT easy!
Yang
March 19, 2013 7:02 pm
For Pakistani Muslim, India is one of the most dangerous place to live.
aftabwilson
March 19, 2013 7:06 pm
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
March 19, 2013 8:31 pm
When will Pakistan Authorities start to investigate HOW MANY INDIANS ARE WORKING IN KARACHI, LAHORE & OF COURSE IN BALOACHISTAN WITHOUT ANY ATHOURISATION
malik
March 19, 2013 8:40 pm
Is Veena Malik one of them?
Gautam
March 19, 2013 9:06 pm
You are right, 'Only god knows'. As per human intelligence, there are NONE!
Shah
March 19, 2013 10:29 pm
Are you blind? Do you not see all the anti-Pakistani comments made by Indians on Dawn!
avid_supporter
March 19, 2013 11:31 pm
Find out how many illegal indian immigrants are there in the US. You will be shocked.
MARK
March 20, 2013 1:49 am
ZERO
Shruti
March 20, 2013 3:24 am
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
March 20, 2013 3:29 am
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
March 20, 2013 4:41 am
He did not come to the media. He was responding to a query in the assembly of the state of Maharastra
Chanakya
March 20, 2013 5:10 am
Yes. They are in jails.
Ravi Ingale from University of Pune.
March 20, 2013 6:24 am
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
March 20, 2013 7:16 am
very fruitfull idea for both pakistan and india.i really very appriate you for such goood thinkig
shaheen zada dawar
March 20, 2013 7:25 am
deepak who says to you that UAE, abu dhabi not giving visas to pakistani.?????????? from where you are giving these misdiscription
Alan
March 20, 2013 10:37 am
it is really scary...dont know if i should like your comment though i completely agree with you..
Chanakya
March 20, 2013 12:43 pm
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
March 20, 2013 12:58 pm
If you are not sure about "Veena," look yourself in the mirror.
Moham-mad(Pakistani)
March 20, 2013 2:07 pm
illegal is illegal,if they will be caught they will surely punished!!
Aslam
March 20, 2013 2:58 pm
hahaha.. funny.
Shruti
March 20, 2013 4:17 pm
:-P its not Dawned upon them yet
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