The Foreign Ministry of Pakistan in a letter sent to all its embassies in European Union countries has ordered a complete visa ban for Afghan nationals.
The decision was taken after the issuance of 1600 visas to Afghans origins who had provided fake Swedish residence cards.
A letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan issued last week indicates that Pakistan Embassy in Sweden had granted 1600 to Afghan citizens based on fake residence cards.
The foreign ministry of Pakistan has ordered an immediate investigation regarding this scandal.
The letter was issued on 8th February 2023. The letter was addressed Pakistan Diplomatic Mission in European cities including London, Glasgow, Bradford, Manchester, Birmingham, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, Berlin, Frankfort, Lisbon, Athens, Vienna, Berne, Copenhagen, Oslo, Brussels, The and Hague
The decision by the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan has negatively affected Afghan nationals currently residing in Pakistan. Their family members in Europe cannot come to visit them in Pakistan due to the imposed visa ban, and it has disrupted their personal plans, said one Afghan national in Islamabad.
Remember that it is not clear that how long the ban will be in place investigations over the 1600 issued visas have already begun, and the issuance of visas is banned until further notice.