Govt to take up immigrants issue with Rocca
WASHINGTON: National Commission for Human Development Chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf said the problems faced by Pakistani immigrants and residents after 9/11 would be taken up by the Pakistan government at all levels of US administration.
Dr Ashraf said he would also take up the issue with Ms Christian Rocca, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian affairs, when he meets her this week in Washington. One of the immigration attorneys, Salim Rizvi, told the Pakistani minister that many of the Pakistanis involved, were legally resident here but their applications for regularisation had remained unattended because of work overloads.
Mr Rizvi disagreed with President Musharraf’s remark that he could not take up the case of immigrants who were in America illegally, pointing out that there were three million illegal Mexicans living in the United States whose president never fought shy of pleading their cause with his American counterpart. —Staff Report