57 Pak students deported over terror charges, illegal activities since 2003: Qureshi

July 30th, 2010 - 4:51 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, July 30(ANI): Pakistan Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that 57 Pakistani students have been deported from various countries over alleged involvement in terrorism and other illegal activities in the last seven years.

During a Senate question hour, Qureshi said that among the 57 deported Pakistani students, 27 were deported from China, 17 from Cuba, one from Switzerland, one from Serbia, one from Netherlands and 10 from the United Kingdom.

The charges against these students include suspected involvement in terrorist plots, being threats to the UK national security, breaking the university and local laws, not paying tuition fee, poor discipline and assault on police officers.

The minister also informed that Pakistani embassies provided all possible assistance to those students during their study program, before and after their expulsion.

He also said that the government has taken every possible measure to request the host governments to revise their decisions regarding the expulsion of these students.

To another question, Qureshi said that as many as 19 Pakistanis are being currently detained at the US detention facility in Bagram, Afghanistan.

“Our embassy is continuing to pursue the matter with the US embassy, in Kabul, for these Pakistani detainees, in the US detention centre in Bagram,” The Nation quoted Qureshi, as saying. (ANI)

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