Pakistan removes names of more than 5,000 people from travel blacklist

By Archita Srivastava

Pakistani authorities removed the names of more than 5,000 people from the travel blacklist after the government took note of the problems faced by citizens whose names have been blacklisted for a long time, according to a Sunday media report. 

At a recent meeting, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah instructed the review committee of the Directorate-General for Immigration and Passport to meet on a biannual basis to review cases of blacklisted individuals. 

The meeting was held after a gap of almost four years. The previous meeting was held in December 2016. 

Taking note of problems faced by the blacklisted citizens, the minister directed the Immigration and Passports director-general to immediately convene a meeting of the periodical review committee to consider cases on merit and remove names from the blacklist after the due process, according to a report in the Dawn newspaper. 

The committee reviewed the names of citizens falling in category B of the blacklist and removed the names of 5,807 individuals out of a list of 42,725 people. 

The committee will consider the rest of the cases in its forthcoming periodic review, the report said. 

There are two main blacklist categories- Category ‘A’ includes names of those involved in serious crimes like terrorism, money laundering, and anti-state activities, whereas the ‘B’ category mainly has names of deportees who had either travelled abroad on forged documents or were found involved in crime in the host country, it said.

(Inputs from PTI) 

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