Shah Mehmood Qureshi—the foreign minister of Pakistan has said that the UK wants Pakistan to take back thousands of Pakistani migrants who have stayed longer than their permitted time in the United Kingdom and have no status, however, they could not be sent back to Pakistan without any proper treaty.
The foreign minister at a press conference in the Pakistan High Commission said that the government of UK wants Pakistan to sign a re-admission treaty so that all the overstayers and others residing illegally could be sent back to Pakistan.
He said that signing this deal would be of assistance for all those Pakistanis who apply for the visit but their visas are denied owing to the cautious attitude of Britain about visa applications.
The foreign minister further said that they have started a dialogue on this and that this would be of help to the ones who are genuine visa applicants.
Presently nearly 4 million illegals reside in the United Kingdom. Out of these more than 30,000 are believed to be from Pakistan. More than 70,000 from India, 25,000 from Bangladesh and the rest from other parts of the world.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi informed that the exchange of prisoners programme exists between the two nations, but the two countries require more than that.
Regarding the latest loss of Pakistan cricket team against India, the foreign minister said that the team captain did not listen to the advice of the Prime Minister Imran Khan.