‘Slack visa policies may help foreign Taliban operatives to sneak into Pak’May 23rd, 2009 - 5:18 pm ICT by ANI
Rawalpindi, May 23 (ANI): Slack visa policies and lack of watchfulness by the concerned Pakistan authorities may be utilized by the pro-Taliban elements to enter the country, Pakistan High Commissioner to Britain, Wajid Shamsul Hasan has warned.
According to the Dawn, Hasan has already informed the concerned authorities in Islamabad that the on-going military offensive in the Swat Valley may see the foreign based Taliban operatives sneak into Pakistan to offer help to their counterparts.
The High Commissioner said that Pakistan immigration and security agencies must ask persons seeking visa to enter the country to verify the information provided by them and their sponsors in Pakistan.
However, senior FIA officials claimed that a proper checking and verification system at different airports of the country was already on.
Meanwhile, a top US general stationed in eastern Afghanistan has said that he has witnessed “some very interesting movement” of insurgents across the border into Pakistan.
Major General Jeffrey Schloesser said that there is a possibility that some of the insurgents may have crossed over to Pakistan to join the Taliban fighting against the Pakistan military.
“I would suppose that some of that movement is fighters going back to help their insurgent groups that are involved in fighting, for example in Bajaur or the fighting that is occurring in Buner or in the Dir area or potentially even in Swat,” Major General Schloesser said. (ANI)
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