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Issuing Visa Process for Afghan Nationals Not Transparent, Says Pakistani MPs

The Foreign Affairs Committee, National Assembly of Pakistan has said that the lack of transparency in issuing visas process for Afghan nationals needs to be addressed and defects should be resolved accordingly.

The foreign affair committee on Sunday, June 25, demanded transparency and elimination of defects in the process of issuing visas for Afghan citizens.

According to official reports, the committee members demanded the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior find the defaults and get rid of corruption in the process.

Mohsin Dawar, Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee, called the exploitation of vulnerable Afghan citizens inhuman, and members of this committee said that the lack of a transparent procedure paves the way for corruption.

Supporting documents and official letters of the Pakistan Nation Assembly have been ignored – adding those Afghan nationals who bribed the visa officials were able to receive visas at the soonest.

The members of the Pakistan National Assembly have stressed that by considering security concerns, the visa-issuing process for Afghans should be transparent.  

Following the overthrow of Kabul in August 2021, new waves of vulnerable Afghans migrated to the neighboring countries of Pakistan and Iran in particular.

Over the past nearly two years, there have been numerous reports of widespread corruption in the process of issuing visas to Afghan applicants in the media. According to some reports, the price of a three-month visa for Afghans in the black market has reached up to $1000.