Indian police creating problems for Afghan visitors
NEW DELHI (Pajhwok): Some Afghans, who visited India, complain about complicated and lengthy registration process and ill-treatment at the hands of police at New Delhi foreigners’ registration offices.
It is compulsory for foreigners in India to register with Foreigner Registration or Foreigners Regional Registration Offices FRO/FRRO within 14 days during which visitors have to submit a long registration form, residential proofs, visas and passport information online and manually to police registration offices and wait for approval for days.
Freelance journalist, Mirwais Jalalzai, who recently visited India, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Afghans considered India and Indians as their close allies.
“But it is really discouraging that the Indian police improperly behave with Afghans including women, children and illiterate people who don’t know about the procedure but go to New Delhi for treatment.”
He criticised the Afghan Embassy in New Delhi for taking not measures to resolve problems facing Afghan visitors. “We recognise Pakistan our rival country, but they don’t create as many problems for us as Indian police.”
“The Indian police don’t differentiate between well and ill people, they only bother people through creating problems in their registration process,” Obaidullah, a resident from Nangarhar province, said while asking Indian officials to relax the process for Afghans.
Another visitor from Mazar-i-Sharif, Haji Zahir, said he did not think he would complete his registration in two days.
“There are many uneducated and sick people who cannot easily report to police about daily stay. If there is a minor mistake in documents, the police come hard on people,” he said.
“We don’t want the Indian laws to be amended for Afghans, but at least they should treat us like they treat other foreigners and should accelerate our registration process,” said Siddique, another Afghan, during his registration process.
He complained the registrars for Afghans remained busy chatting with each other all the day or busy on Facebook.
Pajhwok contracted Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Shakeeb Mustaghni who said he would contact with Afghan Embassy officials in New Delhi to be in better position to comment.
After sometime, Pajhwok tried to contact him again, but he did not respond despite repeatedly calls.
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