Thursday, April 14, 2011

Why should Pakistanis have to seek permission to return to Pakistan?


Why should Pakistanis have to seek permission to return to Pakistan?
20th September 2010: This was a contribution by Andrew Brons yesterday evening to a debate on the European Union-Pakistan Readmission Agreement in the European Parliament.
"The case for returning illegal Pakistani immigrants to their country of origin is self-evidently valid. The main question that asks itself is why there should have to be an agreement of Pakistan for them to be allowed to enter their own country.
"I ought to be surprised but I am not, that there are those who object to them being returned even with Pakistan's permission.
"Their objection is that Pakistan does not comply with relevant human rights standards.
"That is quite true but that is true of most Third World countries and some European ones. Are they suggesting that all illegal immigrants from countries with flawed human rights standards should be allowed to stay?
"If they really believe that, we must ask why they are content for the remaining populations of those dangerous countries to remain in them. Should we not be inviting the entire populations of Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, virtually all of the countries of the Middle East, Latin America and Africa to move to the European Union.
"That is the logic absurdity of their position