102 deportees escape from Karachi airport

Yesterday I was shocked to hear this breaking news when news channels reported that 102 out of a total of 114 deportees from Abu Dhabi gave the FIA officials the slip by breaking the glass and running free. It sounds funny yet a very serious proposition that our immigration officials can be so lax that 102 people can actually run free right under their noses.

DAWN – FIA’s immigration officials said the deportees had arrived at around 9:45pm by an Etihad Airways flight and were detained behind the immigration counter in the arrival lounge of the Jinnah Terminal. They smashed a portion of the glass wall of the counter and got away. Witnesses, however, said the trouble started after some of the deportees were manhandled by the immigration staff.

12 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (d0ctor) on March 19th, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

    the trouble started after some of the deportees were manhandled by the immigration staff.

  2. d0ct0r (d0ctor) on March 19th, 2008 @ 6:19 pm

    army rangers and asf is normally deployed in and around Airport.. and immigration staff are also on their toes when so many deportees are arriving , seems like they really wanted them all to flee

  3. d0ct0r (d0ctor) on March 19th, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

    Sources said the 12 deportees officials claimed to have been arrested had not joined the group which escaped and chose to stay back

    those deportees who choose not flee would be produced before a judge at city court and normally would be freed within a month anyway unless they’re wanted in any other crime,while those who fled are now in trouble once they’re caught

  4. rockfella25 on March 19th, 2008 @ 8:03 pm

    According to MIA (My Investigative Analysis), the FIA at the airport did a bulk deal with the deportees to let them ‘slip’ away.
    The 12 unlucky ones who were not able to pay would do the time.

  5. balma on March 19th, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

    Some, obviously not all, in the FIA and other security forces at the Karachi airport have been involved in robbing of passengers. During the first govt of Benazir, things got so bad that I had actually advised people arriving into Karachi to write wrong or incomplete addresses on their disembarkation forms. Airport security force people, in those days, were known to share passengers’ details with their daakoo friends in the city….one time all of the five friends who arrived by the same flight in Karachi, from the US, got their houses robbed….and daakoos specifically asked for the person who had arrived from the US. They are well organized, guys and girls!

  6. rockfella25 on March 19th, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

    that makes sense, i never realised that this info could alsobe used, next time i am also filling my address as "70 clifton" or "90 aziaabad" in the disembarkment card !

  7. barristerakc on March 19th, 2008 @ 11:58 pm

    I don’t blame the poor immigrants to be honest; these folks are poor who went out for a better future, leaving behind everything. Thanks to ‘Shining Pakistan’ like policies of our economic wizards ( Saukat and Salman) which totally neglected the rural classes of Pakistan.

    Having said that, let me add that the Arab Countries are in a continues process of deporting and introducing ‘Pakistani Specific’ immigration laws – which obviously is racism and discrimination at its height.

    The reason why they escaped is because of FIA – which takes around PKR 50,000 to 80,000 each person – just to let the deportees go back.

    Barrister Ali Chishti

  8. بستنی (wasiq) on March 20th, 2008 @ 8:46 am

    successive bird flu lent after lent might shrunk my wings…not yet…


  9. d0ct0r (d0ctor) on March 20th, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

    It seems Altaf bai’s goons are finally packing up, as the new govt steps in… earlier today at around 9 am fire broke out in board of revenue offices, important records of Surveys and Land Revenue were destroyed as several offices of different government departments including Board of Revenue building were gutted in inferno that erupted at Sindh Secretariat,as always a ‘high level’ inquiry have been ordered, a smilar "high level" inquiry was also conducted in case of PNSC building fire which was gutted not once but twice in less then 6 months period and both of them incidentally erupted on Sundays..

    Fire at Sindh Secretariat building destroys important records

    PNSC building Fire

  10. rockfella25 on March 22nd, 2008 @ 12:04 am

    Yea, sources are saying that the Sindh Govt declared a holiday on March 20th (11 Rabiulawal), which has never earlier been declared a holiday, so that they could set this inferno on a long holiday to avoid any chance of the records makingit out alive.

    As always, nothing will ever come out of the investigations.

    ****Then they as why the cream of Pakistan is migrating to other countries !****

  11. Faisal.K (faisalk) on March 22nd, 2008 @ 1:38 am

    In order to escape from the airport, one would need to not only escape the immigration area, where the exit is only about a feet wide behind the counters but the baggage claim area.

    Plus a 100 people running helter skelter through the airport, and none of the sub machine gun toting ASF officers did nothing?

    sounds highly dubious to me.

  12. human01 on March 24th, 2008 @ 9:10 am

    Well seems like every body get the idea what really had happened. Any ways deportee’s, really feel sorry for you guys, better luck next time………..I love this country.

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