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Corruption in Pakistan visa process be eradicated: MPs

26 Oct 2020 - 12:16
26 Oct 2020 - 12:16

KABUL Embassy to resolve existing problems in getting Pakistan’s visa.

In Kabul and Nangarhar province, people have been facing problems in getting Pakistan’s visa. According to reports, thousands of applicants stay overnight to get a chance of submitting documents for visa.

Twelve people, including women, were killed in a stampede incident in Jalalabad last week when a large number of people tried to submit their passports for visa.

Wolesi Jirga member Wagma Sapi called on the government to work with Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul and its consulate in Jalalabad to resolve visa related problems and remove alleged corruption in this process.

“Massive corruption is taking place in the visa process at the Pakistan embassy. Mafia and smugglers are involved in this corruption. Those offers money can get visa in one day but less fortunate people and sick people stay overnight and still unable to get visa,” she said.

Lawmaker Nabiullah Baz also condemned the loss of precious lives in the stampede in Jalalabad and blamed local authority for the incident.

“Eighty percent of Afghans apply for Pakistan visa to get treatment, so there is need for a proper management of the process”, he said.

First Deputy Speaker Mirza Mohammad Katawazai said that the International Relations Commission has been tasked to meet officials of Pakistani embassy in Kabul and work for the resolution of the problem.

Earlier First Vice President AmrullahSaleh had said that issues related to getting Pakistan’s visa would be resolved after the situation was reviewed to identify problems.

Nh/ma

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