79 Pakistani deportees reach Islamabad

Published October 6, 2005

RAWALPINDI, Oct 5: A batch of 79 Pakistani, including three women, immigration detainees arrived in Islamabad by a chartered flight from the United States on Wednesday, immigration authorities said.

The detainees guarded by 15 US security officials on board arrived from Stockholm at around 1.30 pm. Pakistan Immigration Assistant Director Omer Hayat said that 100 Pakistani deportees were expected to arrive by Boeing 757 chartered flight, but only 79 could reach Islamabad.

US security officials handed over the deportees to the Pakistani immigration authorities who recorded their statements at the airport and examined their case files, he said, adding that all of them were allowed to go as they had not been involved in any crime in Pakistan.

More than 2,000 Pakistanis have been deported from the US since Sept 11 terrorist attacks. The last batch of 57 Pakistani deportees arrived in Islamabad on May 18.

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