ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s embassy in the United States (US) yesterday said that Pakistani-Americans were not being denied visas. “This is unequivocally misinformation and disinformation,” said the embassy spokesperson. The embassy issued a clarification in response to a query raised during the press briefing held by the US State Department. The question pertained to the reports of the rejection of visas for Pakistani-Americans seeking to travel back to their country of origin.
“I’m not aware,” said US State Department Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel. “This obviously would be. If there were to any, be any issues that arise in this area, certainly would be something for Pakistani consular officials to speak to and not anything as it relates to the State Department, so we’ll just leave it at that.” The Pakistani embassy’s response came after the US State Department addressed the issue. The Pakistan embassy in Washington assured that Pakistani-Americans and other overseas Pakistanis are warmly welcomed to visit Pakistan. The spokesperson affirmed that the embassy is actively facilitating consular services, including visa issuance, for overseas Pakistanis. “We encourage Pakistani-Americans to travel to Pakistan using either their National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or obtain visas from the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC, as well as our Consulates General in New York, Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles. Additionally, visa applications can be submitted online round the clock.