Home Department claiming it is duty of state police to trace down any missing foreigner.
But UP ADG, law and order asserting that @ “Expired-VISA Holders are not the Threat….” – ADG L&O.
Whether it was their unwillingness to go back to Pakistan or they went into hiding for unknown reasons, the whereabouts of around 350 Pakistani nationals who came to Uttar Pradesh till 2013, are unknown to security agencies. This figure is alarming indeed but the top brass of U.P. police does not perceive as a security threat. Joint Secretary – Home, Mukesh Mittal says that the UP police is responsible for the issue. If the foreign visitors are not traceable, it is because of dereliction of duty on a part of state police. However, this issue will be sorted out soon, he added.
On the other hand UP’s ADG (Law and order) Daljeet Singh Chaudhary doesn’t perceive the issue of missing Pakistani citizens as a threat. He simply states that ‘missing Pakistanis must have shifted to other places for the sake of job without informing local police. He says that it doesn’t imply that missing Pakistanis must be involved in terroristic activities. Our, intelligence agencies are working round the clock and have traced out locations of illegal residents,added Chaudhary.
However, an official of external affair ministry, P.K. Bharadwaj, said that the ministry deals only with visa related issues including stay and exit of foreign visitors. All information of foreign visitors is shared with the home department which is supposed to keep a track of them. Bharadwaj also added that such people might have moved from the place according EPR Visa (Exempted from Police Reporting) that exempts foreign visitors from reporting to the police station.
According to Home Ministry, a total of 76,79,099 foreigners had visited India in 2014 out of which 96,434 were from Pakistan. The ministry monitors all the activities of foreign visitors and takes action if they violate Immigration Rules in any manner. 6913 foreigners including 70 Pakistanis were arrested in 2014 under Foreigner’s Act.