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It’s not easy to get Pakistani visa, say applicants

It’s not easy to get Pakistani visa, say applicants

Aug 01, 2018 - 19:42

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Visa applicants say getting a Pakistani visa at the country’s Consulate General in eastern Nangarhar province is not easy as people have wait for days to get their number.

People from Laghman, Nuristan, Kunar and Nangarhar provinces arrive at the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad for visa, but all of them complain if money is not paid, it is hard to get visa.

A Pajhwok reporter visited the Pakistani Consulate General premises to hear about problems visa applicants face.

Sardar Hussain, a resident of Kama district, who wanted to go to Pakistaninfo-icon for work, said it was his fourth day waiting to get a visa.

“When we are forced to leave this place, we go to a mosqueinfo-icon or to another place. We stay awake or sleep on the roadside,” he said.

Ghulam Nabi, a resident of Sawakai district of Kunar province, said he had been visiting the Pakistani consulate over the past two weeks for visa. During these days, the elderly man said he used to sleep on the roadside in order to save money.

He said those offering bribe to middlemen were able to get visa easily while no one else from elders to womeninfo-icon and children were showed mercy.

Habibullah, another applicant, said it was his eighth day arriving in front of the consulate but was still not sure about getting visa.

“If you give money, they quickly give you visa, if not you should wait for hours, days and even weeks,” he said.

Governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told Pajhwok Afghan News a new strategy was being worked out to permanently resolve the problems of visa applicants at the Pakistani consulate.

“This strategy will not only eradicate corruption but will also bring discipline. A specific location is identified where visa related affairs will be discharged,” said Khogyani.

Pakistani Consulate General Arif Khan during a chat with Pajhwok Afghan News said no one was allowed inside the consulate to get bribe or do any other type of corruption in the visa process.

He said the problem lied with police performing duty outside the consulate. He said police allowed people to enter the consulate after taking money from them.

He said if the police created no problem, they normally issued up to 1,800 otherwise up to 1,200 visas.

Earlier, police chief Ghulam Sanae Stanikzai had alleged the Pakistani diplomatic mission officials would not issue visa until bribe-fed.


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