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Pakistanis held for questioning after failing to show passport

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Ten Pakistani nationals were prevented by the Philippine Coast Guard from traveling to Basilan on Tuesday morning after failing to present pertinent documents, particularly their passports, at the local wharf.

The Coast Guards turned-over the foreigners to the Bureau of Immigration office.

The Pakistani nationals identified as Zeb Jaban, his wife Maryam, Muzta Qeem, his wife Akibtar Yasmeen, Khaid Mohammad, his wife Bibi Farzana, Nadeem  Faizal, his wife Baidar Sahar, Ahmad Nisar and his wife Bibi Nazish, were held for questioning by immigration officials.

Bureau of Immigration acting Alien Control Officer, Usman Sabdani disclosed that the foreigners only presented their names written on a piece of paper, saying that their passports are being kept for safekeeping by their counterparts in Marawi City, Lanao.

He said the Pakistanis are missionaries who came to preach Islam and have been staying InMarawi City since they arrived here last February 14.

According to Sabdani, the group has coordinated with the Western Mindanao Command for their travel to Basilan Province.

It was later reported that the group was already allowed to go to Basilan after their respective passports were presented to the authorities. (Nonong Santiago)




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