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Portugal closes consulate section in Islamabad human smuggling allegation.

ISLAMABAD -- Portugal on Thursday shut down its consulate in Islamabad citing staff's alleged involvement in human smuggling and other illegal activities. The Portugal foreign office took decision to initiate inquiry against the staff, sources said. The Portugali foreign minister initiated inquiry after receiving complaints against the consulate staff for its alleged involvement in illegal activities. The consular section of the consulate has been shut down for indefinite period, the FO said. FO spokesperson Dr Faisal, when asked about Pakistanis passports stuck in the consulate, said the Portugal consulate has been directed to release passports of all Pakistanis. It is pertinent to mention here that passports of hundreds of Pakistanis are deposited in the consulate for visas. The consulate has been adopted delay tactics for the past many months.

The source said that the Portugal consulate has been closed for the past few months. The purpose of shutting down is reported to be investigation against the consulate staff. The credible source said that the consulate officials in a large number were involved in the human smuggling. Due to the reason, the Portugal foreign office has decided to launch investigation into the matter. The source said that the consulate officials along with Pak-Portugal Business Council, Pak-Portugal Business Forum, and former member National Assembly Babar Nawaz, former member Punjab assembly Amir Sahoutra and others were allegedly involved in the human smuggling. There is speculation that investigations will disclose names of influentials'.

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Publication:The Messenger (Karachi, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Sep 14, 2018
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