Friday, October 26, 2018

No visa extension for kin of Pakistan International Airlines' country head

The Ministry of External Affairs has terminated Indian visas of the family of Muhammad Ahmed Barkazai, the Mumbai-based country manager of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Posted in India since 2016, Barkazai’s family has already gone back to Pakistan and the 46-year-old official is upset that his children’s education suffered despite multiple requests to let them stay till the end of the school year.
According to inside sources with knowledge of diplomatic communication between India and Pakistan, India withdrew the visas because Pakistan denied visas to Indian engineers working on the construction of a residential complex for Indian diplomats in Islamabad.
The visas for Barkazai’s children expired on May 18 and were never renewed. However, the family continued to stay in their Cuffe Parade apartment till September 20 and applied for the extension about eight times through various channels, including the Pakistan High Commission. Barkazai’s sons Faris, 12, and Waris, 8, studied in GD Somani School and his eldest son Ahmed Khan, 18, took private tuitions and is pursuing his O-level studies. Keen to give them an education in Mumbai, Barkazai is said to be disappointed with the state of affairs and also unhappy to not have his wife Rukhsana by his side in Mumbai.
26/10/18  Yogesh Naik/Mumbai Mirror
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