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Newsline: Pakistani diplomats allegedly involved in illegitimate flow of migrants to South Africa

The activities of illegal migrants had seriously damaged the reputation of Pakistanis in South Africa, but more than the illegal human trafficking operators, it was the role of Pakistan’s own officials employed in its various missions abroad which is tarnishing the country’s image. The unchecked movement of illegal migrants from Pakistan to South Africa during the past few years has turned into a nightmare for the South African government, reported The Geneva Daily. Aided by a syndicate of unscrupulous officials of Pakistani mission in South Africa and neighbouring countries, the practice appears to have taken deep roots in the country. (https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/world/pak-diplomats-involved-in-illegitimate-flow-of-migrants-to-south-africa-report/ar-AAZYatE) Pakistani citizens using legal channels are now bearing the brunt of measures taken by the host government to contain the illegitimate flow. The South African government was apparently aware of the illegal channels being used by the syndicates in Eswatini and Mozambique and has responded in the form of close scrutiny of the visa applications of Pakistani citizens. Moreover, Pakistan’s own official’s deep involvement in these syndicates was making the task of enforcement agencies difficult in tackling the menace, reported The Geneva Daily.

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