PAKISTANI diplomats have held talks with Bahraini immigration chiefs amid reports of visa complications facing their citizens.
The GDN reported yesterday that a senior official at a Bahraini company confirmed it had faced issues with visa requests for Pakistanis at the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA).
Well-placed sources said this followed the detection of allegedly forged Pakistani passports, but a diplomat in Bahrain said that was not the case.
Head of chancery and charge d’affaires at the Pakistan Embassy, Murad Wazir, claimed there were no cases of false passports – adding he believed any visa issues may have been down to a “glitch”.
“We have no official confirmation on this (visa issue) from any of the local authorities concerned and, hence, I believe it was a glitch in the system if anything,” he said.
“We met (Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary) Shaikha Rana bint Isa Al Khalifa, as well as (Nationality, Passports and Residency Affairs head) Shaikh Rashid (bin Khalifa Al Khalifa), about this matter and it was clarified that there was no such ban (on arrivals from Pakistan).”
He said that there had been visa renewals, border re-entry and CPR renewal for Pakistani nationals on Wednesday, producing a copy of a receipt for a visa issued yesterday.
However, one Pakistani told the GDN his friend was unable to travel to Bahrain on Wednesday evening.
“He called me from Pakistan and said his visa was temporarily blocked and he had been asked to wait,” he said, adding that no explanation had been given.
Neither NPRA nor LMRA officials could be reached for comment last night.