The ministry of foreign affairs informed the parliamentary committee that the majority of illegal Pakistani immigrants preferred jails and menial jobs in foreign countries instead of turning back to Pakistan.
The ministry of foreign affairs informed the parliamentary committee that the most illegal immigrants applied for asylum in foreign countries by tearing up their passports and facing extreme hardships in jails. The ministry said that the illegal immigrants also refused to accept any assistance from the Pakistani missions abroad.
Syed Zahid Raza, an official of the ministry of foreign affairs, briefed the Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.
“Over 4,000 Pakistanis jailed in Jungle Migrants Camp at Vucjak, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The camp is some 400 kilometers away from the Pakistani mission,” Raza informed the parliamentary committee. “The human trafficking has reached to an alarming level,” he further said. The members of the committee were informed that the issue of human trafficking was increasing. The committee was also informed that travel agencies were involved in human trafficking and directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to take legal action.
The official also told the Senate Committee that some 400 human trafficking cases were sent by the Overseas Pakistanis to the Federal Investigation Agency for investigation.
He said that illegal immigrants had been stranded in Bosnia and the Bosnian government was not well funded and did not have the resources to look after the inmates. However, he said that it was not clear yet.