Aseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2046 posts, RR: 9 Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5231 times:
Britain threatens to ban Pakistan airlines' flights
Under pressure to check human smuggling from Pakistan, Britain has threatened to ban flights of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) if Islamabad doesn't urgently sign an agreement to prevent the practice.
Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao and Interior Secretary Syed Kamal Shah had told Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz at a cabinet meeting that Britain would ban PIA flights unless a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on "managed immigration of illegal Pakistanis" was not signed on an urgent basis. Hindustan Times
seems like a fallout of 7/7, but can be totally unrelated as they maybe contemplating long before...
Capt.Fantastic From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 809 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5067 times:
I don't quite understand the logic here: Isn't it the job of the British immigration officials to deal with illegal aliens? Why ban PIA? This doesn't make much sense to me. Its interesting that most of the flights from the USA to Pakistan go via the UK - so where would they go now?
LeonB1985 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5018 times:
Isn't the airline responsible for ensuring that the passengers have the correct documentation to legally enter the destination country? I'm sure I've heard of airlines confiscating passenger passports where they think the passengers may destroy them, e.g. to apply for asylum. I think the airlines can be fined quite heavily.
Catatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4978 times:
Quoting Capt.Fantastic (Reply 1): I don't quite understand the logic here: Isn't it the job of the British immigration officials to deal with illegal aliens? Why ban PIA? This doesn't make much sense to me. Its interesting that most of the flights from the USA to Pakistan go via the UK - so where would they go now?
Its a failing in PIA's security which enables these people to get on board the flight. The problem is when they arrive in this country there is a long process involved in deporting them which can result in appeal after appeal etc.
B707Stu From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4780 times:
Interesting development. I'm sure PIA will comply. They can't afford to lose MAN, LHR and BHX. I'm sure British intelligence has been aware of this for sometime or it wouldn't be coming to light now. It's not something that just appears, it's obviously being watched closely.
Gman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks ago) and read 4689 times:
It's no different to the British governement fining truck drivers who bring in illegal immigrants and asylum seekers on their trucks from Continental Europe. Whether you know about it or not it, it is the carriers responsbility to get the problem under control.
India, Afghanstan, Turkey and Sri Lanka have already signed similar agreements, Govt. of Pakistan was dragging its feet. Emphasis is on devising a mechanism to deport illelagal aliens. PIA, Air India, Biman and other airlines from that part of the world are doing a very good job of stopping asylum seekers before they board.