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Protesters allege corruption in Pakistan visa issuance process

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Protesters allege corruption in Pakistan visa issuance process

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Jun 10, 2019 - 17:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Hundreds of visa applicants on Monday staged a protest demonstration in front of the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul and alleged individuals who offered money were prioritized in visa issuance process.

Ahmad Zubair, a resident of Paghman district of Kabul, alleged some people offered money to certain individuals who had links with embassy officials and they got visa within days or a week from the embassy.

He said the middlemen demanded $200 for a visa issuance in 24 hours, $150 in three days and $100 in one week.

“It is my third day coming to the embassy to get visa but employees of the embassy give preference to individuals who offer money.”

Amrullah, a resident of Kabul City, said he had applied for visa one week earlier but still was unable to get it.

“Some people stay outside the embassy day and night with their children and sick family members, but others get their visa in few hours,” he added.

The protesters demanded an end to corrupt practices in the visa process.

The Pakistani Embassy in a statement said there had been an extraordinary upsurge in demand for visa immediately after Eid holidays.

The embassy would endeavor to accommodate as many visa applicants as possible within the appointed consular hours and in accordance with the visa policy of the government of Pakistaninfo-icon.

The embassy therefore urged only those applicants should approach the embassy this week who needed to visit urgently Pakistan such as medical patients, students and others. The embassy urged all applicants to maintain necessary decorum while approaching the consular area.

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