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US wants hassle-free visa for its nationals

February 27, 2010

 

ISLAMABAD: Washington wants Islamabad to put in place a restriction free and uniform visa regime for its diplomats and embassy staff posted here allowing them to carry out ‘full range of activities’. 

“We look forward to creation of a visa mechanism that will enable US officials do their jobs without interference,” US Ambassador Anne Patterson said in a statement issued by the embassy’s Office of Public Affairs. 

Delays in issuing and extension of visas of American diplomats and other embassy staff posted here remained a major irritant in relations between the two countries. 

The government recently issued most of the requested visas in an effort to placate an angry Washington, which had linked it to the release of the deferred Coalition Support Fund reimbursements. 

Although, the backlog is yet to be fully cleared and some of the visas are still being processed, Ambassador Patterson acknowledged progress was being made. “Prime Minister Gilani’s offer to work with the United States to establish a transparent process on visas that will enable us to undertake full range of activities … is a positive development.” 

The issuance of most of the visas led to release of $349 million out of an outstanding amount of $2.6 billion. 

Many of the remaining cases relate to personnel assigned with the Office of Defence Representative for Pakistan (ODRP), which has been at the centre of the dispute over CSF disbursements. 

The ODRP has been also accused by the US Government Accounting Office of inconsistently applying CSF guidelines in Pakistan. 

With the visa issue nearing resolution, the Americans look to be setting the bar even higher for Islamabad for the release of remaining funds by seeking visa mechanism that ensures a hindrance-free working. 

Besides, the visa clampdown, the other concern for the Americans has been enhanced vigilance by the country’s security agencies, which have recently intercepted embassy vehicles for search. While Pakistani authorities insist that the search was necessitated by the deteriorating law and order situation, the US embassy took them as ‘contrived incidents’ and ‘provocative actions’. 

A senior US diplomat, speaking to Dawn, said in addition to a restriction-free regime, Washington also wanted a regular and uniform visa system for all staff based in Pakistan. 

“Some of them are given single entry visas for one month, others get multiple visas for a year,” he said, adding this had to be standardised. 

He indicated that close to 50 visas requests were still under consideration by Pakistani authorities.

Dawn, Pakistan

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9 comments

  1. It is shame on those who consider US to be an ally and softened its stance because of war on terror.

    Ayub Khan rightly said”Friends not Masters”.

    Even on Pakistani money,they are putting conditions to give our money.

    GHAIRAT-E-AHLE CHAMAN KO KIYA HUA.
    BAICH DALA QAUM KAY ARMAN KO


  2. Sorry Mr. Obama, but all americans will be treated in Pakistan the same as Pakistani’s are in the US.

    We are late, but we arnt sleeping………


    • Sure, but the latest checks came only when some Americans were found around sensitive areas like Kahuta and people (especially media) start asking the right questions regarding these activity.

      What is disturbing is how Pakistan came to the point where American officials “openly” started violationd of Pakistani laws and sensitivities. Special thanks to that harami coward dictator who is now enjoying the good life in Europe while our children are dieing on the streets and the current randawa who has barricated himself in the President House.


  3. how about having someone giving them a good ass whooping first at the airport, and send them back in humiliation.


  4. They reject our ppl’s visas
    and expect us to grant them visas without questioning? :O

    they are frustrated by 50 visas… while here in US embassy islamabad, there are hundreds of applications
    pending


  5. ABHI HAMARE MULK MAY KUTTA MAAR MUHIM NAHI START HUI HAI. JAB START HOGI TO FREE VISA DENGE…V R EXPERT IN KILLING DOGS…PAKISTAN ZINDABAD


  6. KUTTAY MARNE K LIYE MULK MAY KUTTAY HONE BHI TO ZAROORI HAI, ACHA HAI VISA DEDE INKO…IMPORTED KUTTAY MARNE KA MAZZA HE ALAG HAI…


  7. go to hell you low life americans
    nujat pakistani pakhtoon


  8. listen gentlemen….first of all we must get rid of this american government….then inshallah..we will teach these americans a good lesson ..in iraq..in afghanistan….in pakistan n inshallah we will pursue them to death
    inshallah
    pakistan paindabad



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