55 Pakistanis deported from Greece
Posted by clandestina on 12 June 2009
55 Greece deportees received by FIA staff
By: Amraiz Khan | Published: June 12, 2009
LAHORE – The Greece government on Thursday deported 55 Pakistanis to their homeland on a chartered plan after it found them guilty of entering to Greece on fake travel documents or trespassing illegally through lan route, said an FIA official.
He said when the flight landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, it was a completely different scene from usual ones when a normal flight arrives, as the youngsters between ages of 20 to 30 with poor health and physical condition were received by the FIA immigration staff at the airport.
All the 55 persons were handed over to the Immigration staff, out of whom only nine belonged to Lahore while rest of the accused were handed over to the FIA Passport Cell Gujranwala for further investigation. They belong to the districts of Gujranwala, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat, Narowal and Jhelum.
A FIA officer said during preliminary inquiry it was revealed that almost all the accused used land route to manage their entry into Greece and for this purpose they adopted the Quetta-Iran-Turkey route.
Muhammad Iqbal, one of the deported person, said he paid Rs 0.7 million to a travel agent form Gujranwala. He transported him to Greece through Karachi-Iran-Turkey detour. While telling his story, he said it was very hard to travel through land, as they had to travel on foot for hours with poor food and water arrangements.