Turkey tightens visa policy for Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD/ANKARA: Turkey has tightened its visa policy for Pakistanis days after a group of Pakistanis were found involved in the kidnapping of four Nepalis in Istanbul.

A large number of Pakistanis live and work in Istanbul, Ankara and various other cities across Turkey.

The Islamic country is also visited by thousands of Pakistani citizens for tourism every month.

“The Turkish government has tightened the visa policy for Pakistanis after crimes reportedly involving Pakistanis,” Aaj News said. “The government has also stopped issuing temporary residence permit for Pakistanis.”

It has been reported the Nepalis were kidnapped “at gunpoint” from Taksim Square by a group of six Pakistanis.

The kidnappers allegedly demanded 10,000 euros in ransom before they were arrested in a police raid.

Prior to the incident, some Pakistanis were also arrested by the Turkish authorities for protesting the ouster of former prime minister Imran Khan.

The protestors were later released after the efforts of Pakistani diplomats in Turkey

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