Rejecting the media reports about US visa sanctions on Pakistan, the Foreign Office (FO) said, “The insinuations made in the media reports are misleading.”
In a statement, the FO said that they saw the media reports about a US Federal Registry notification on “introduction of new rules” on consular matters and clarified that there were ongoing discussions between Pakistan and the US on consular matters including repatriation issues.
Both countries were working bilaterally on these issues consistent with their respective laws and had made considerable progress, read the statement.
The Foreign Office further said, “We understand that the US government would continue the normal consular operations at their Embassy in Islamabad and that the ongoing discussions do not affect issuance of visas to routine Pakistani applicants.”
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It is pertinent to mention here that such reports were circulating on foreign and social media since morning that US imposed visa sanctions on Pakistan after Islamabad refused to take back its citizen deportees.