Illegal immigrants: European governments given a free hand to deport Pakistanis
Nawaz Sharif government has given a free hand to European countries to deport Pakistanis who enter Europe without proper documentation and are illegal, reveals official documents available with Business Recorder. Federal Cabinet, in its meeting on January 20, 2014, presided over by the Prime Minister approved a deal with Norway and Britain, in addition to Turkey which is considered the gateway of illegal immigrants to Europe.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2014
Recently, the European Union (EU) agreed with Turkey to allow its citizens to enter into Europe if Turkey deports other illegal immigrants back to their countries who intend to enter Europe. Official documents disclose that the cabinet was informed that Pakistan signed "agreement on readmission of persons residing without authorisation with European community" on October 26, 2009 which was ratified on July 16, 2010. All readmission cases of illegal immigrants with the EU member states are dealt with under the agreement. Under article-17 of the agreement individual countries can sign a bilateral implementing protocol on readmission.
In pursuance of article-17 of the Pak-European Union Readmission Agreement (EURA), the Government of Pakistan and the United Kingdom, during a recent visit of Home Secretary, the UK, signed a bilateral implementing protocol on readmission of persons residing without authorisation. "This would streamline and put on a fast track the return of illegal immigrants in the United Kingdom," the documents added. Interior Ministry had obtained the approval of the Prime Minister under Rule-16(2) of the Rules of Business, 1973 of the negotiations and signing of the protocol with the UK.
Cabinet was further informed that Ministry of Foreign Affairs has conveyed the interest of the Norwegian authorities in entering into negotiations on an agreement on readmission of Pakistani nationals. Ministry of Foreign Affairs has conveyed its no objection to the signing of the agreement. Ministry of Law and Justice has vetted the draft agreement. In terms of Rule-16(1)(h) of the Rules of Business, 1973 proposal involving negotiations with foreign countries for entering into treaties and agreement are to be brought before the cabinet for approval.
Documents further unveil that in pursuance of the cabinet decision of December 21, 2005, an agreement on readmission between Pakistan and Turkey, negotiated with Turkish authorities, was signed on December 7, 2010 in Ankara during the visit of Prime Minister to Turkey between 6-9 December 2010.
Federal cabinet was informed that due to time constraints, approval of the Prime Minister was obtained under Rule 16(2) of the Rules of Business, 1973 for signing the agreement. The agreement is required to be placed before the cabinet for ex-post facto approval. Besides, the agreement is to be ratified for which approval of the cabinet is also required. The Cabinet accorded approval to the signing of the agreement between Pakistan and Turkey. Approval for ratification of the agreement was also granted.