Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:30:00 GMT | By IANS

Pakistanis allege harassment at foreigners registration office

Bureaucratic hurdles at the foreigners registration office delayed the arrival of a group of Pakistani teachers and students at the Jaipur Literature Festival


Pakistanis allege harassment at foreigners registration office (© Reuters)

Jaipur: Alleged bureaucratic hurdles at the foreigners registration office delayed by three days the arrival of a group of Pakistani teachers and students at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Two teachers and three students of Forman Christian College in Lahore Sunday went vocal about the "humiliation" they were subjected to by the Foreigners Regional Registration Office in Jaipur. They said they were told to go back to New Delhi for registration, delaying their participation in the festival.

"We arrived in Attari (in Punjab) on a train from Lahore on January 24 and reached Jaipur from New Delhi by taxi," Yakoob Khan Bangash, an assistant professor of history, told IANS. "But the registration office here made us wait for six hours and then told us to go back to New Delhi for registration. The same day, we went back to New Delhi," the delegation leader said after attending a session, 'Neighbours, Walls and Bridges', at the festival.

He said it took them the entire Jan 25 to register at the Foreigners Regional Registration Office in Delhi. But they could not leave the city Jan 26 since it was a national holiday and the inter-state borders were sealed. "We arrived in Jaipur this (Sunday) evening," he said.

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