By Dr Shahid Qureshi :-
I was reading the painful ordeal of Faryad Khan senior journalist in London who traveled from London to Turkey to receive the body of his cousin Mukhtar Hanif. Apparently, he was killed by the human smugglers on 3 December 2016, when he crossed into Turkey. While crossing the border, he contracted pneumonia and was not able to walk. The human smugglers managing the group killed him after brutally beating and torturing.
Turkish border police found his body on 8 December 2016 and buried him temporality on 27 December 2016 as no one claimed. Turkish magistrate refuse to release the body unless close relative appeared in person and that was the reason Faryad Khan had to travel to Turkey. He got the body released and now en route to Pakistan on 20 Jan 2017.
In his comment on social media he asked the parents not to send their sons on such a journey where they cannot even come back.
Few weeks ago it was reported in the media that some Pakistani men were tortured and videos were sent to their families for ransom of over Rs.2 million. These men were later save by the Turkish Police and sent back to Pakistan. However, Mukthar Hanif was not so lucky.
A senior enforcement manager from the Home Office in United Kingdom told me about the new initiative British Government is taking about the honourable repatriation and return of the migrants in their own countries including Pakistan, India, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh etc.
“Our role is to deliver the strategic direction of Immigration Enforcement across local communities. The aim is to increase voluntary returns as an informed and voluntary decision, whilst building on our community engagement capacity thus establishing confidence in communities, and reduced detention costs as a result of increasing voluntary returns. I would like to achieve this by working with responsible advocates who can identify vulnerable individuals who may need assistance with returning home, and returning home with dignity.
In addition to the voluntary returns one of the long-term objectives is to create and offer opportunities in Pakistan. Through training and internship opportunities. Part of my role is to engage with the British High Commission and develop a long-term strategy on delivering key messages on the dangers of illegal immigration and methods used by traffickers, development opportunities in Pakistan including jobs and education initiatives for those returning from the UK and local communities.
Under this new initiative each country lead is to work with London and national immigration compliance and enforcement teams in mapping the way forward building our reputation and credibility with communities who may have a particular view of the Immigration Enforcement. These communities must have confidence in us, and we must establish that confidence with trust, dignity and respect for vulnerable people and those wishing to return back to their home country”.
The above initiative might save some lives of young men and women wishing to take any risk to come into Europe.
The question I ask myself is why these people are willing to risk their lives, sell their valuables just to move to another country? Is it the money, peace, justice or something else? I will just keep focused on the subject. Pakistani politicians have stolen billions of pounds from Pakistani treasury and deposited in western banks including Britain and invested in businesses and properties. If authorities in Europe, Switzerland, USA and UAE just ask the buyers and investors how did you get the money and return the money back there won’t be any need for the desperate men to become economic migrants?
Why these governments are welcoming and encouraging the ill-gotten and stolen wealth from these countries like Pakistan, Nigeria, China, India, Bangladesh into their economy and financial system. When a human come into these countries they have taken walls to the sky. I think they should use the same sky high walls for the stolen wealth from those countries.
My passport was checked five times before arriving into United Kingdom after came back from my holidays this week. I wish if similar measures are being taken in stopping the illegal wealth getting into the country.
Those Pakistani politicians like Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari and others who come to London and other capitals must stop calling oversees Pakistanis as ‘assets’. These people have escaped from your corruption and in justice. We are all victims of your corruption and criminality.
Why would someone want to live away from their families and when they cannot even attend funerals of their loved ones. Father miss their children growing and mother stay away from their husbands for long periods.
My sincere condolences to the family of Mukthar Hanif.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), Turkish TV, LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Kazakhstan 2015, March 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Khomeini and visited Tehran University. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He is a PhD in Political Psychology and studied Law at a British University)
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