FO clarifies reports about US visa sanctions on Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has called as misleading media reports about a US Federal Registry notification on the introduction of new rules on consular matters.
As per details, the United States has put on Pakistan in a list of countries facing sanctions within the framework of a law under which countries refusing to take back deportees and visa over-stayers will be denied American visas.
In a statement yesterday, Foreign Office clarified that there are ongoing discussions between Pakistan and the United States on consular matters including repatriation issues.
In a statement on media reports about notification from US Federal Registry on “introduction of new rules” on consular matters, the Foreign Office said the insinuations made in the media reports were misleading.
“There are ongoing discussions between Pakistan and the United States on consular matters including repatriation issues,” the FO said. “Both countries are working bilaterally on these issues consistent with their respective laws and have made considerable progress.”
The US had warned Pakistan that it may withhold immigrant and non-immigrant visas of Pakistani citizens in accordance with its updated list of rules.
The visa-related sanctions were mentioned in the aforementioned notification, which was updated earlier this week. Pakistan is the latest in a list of nine other countries that face sanctions imposed by US President Donald Trump’s administration under the rule, according to which nations refusing to take back deportees and visa over-stayers would be denied visas.