SHC adjourns petition by Chinese woman seeking extension in visa

KARACHI: The hearing of a constitutional petition filed by Prof Dr Guo Jing Fend, a Chinese national against refusal of Pakistani authorities to extend her visa was adjourned by a divisional bench of High Court of Sindh here on Wednesday.

Dr Guo arrived in Pakistan on a multiple visa valid up to Nov 20, 2016 and now she applied for extension of visa. The authorities refused the same on pre-text that extension was being refused owing to non clearance by a “Security Regulatory Authority”.

Asim Mansoor Khan, Deputy Attorney General appearing for the Federation today submitted that she shall go back to her home country and apply for a new visa.

The bench rejected the stance taken by the federal law officer and said what she all needed was to apply for a visa and thereafter it was for the Pakistani authorities including the “Security Regulatory Authority” to decide the fate of the visa application.

Tell us if she is threat to our national security, we will order her deportation or else her application for extension in visa should be properly processed and decided, the bench observed.

Zia-ul-Haq Makhdoom counsel for petitioner submitted that mother of the petitioner is on death-bed and she may be allowed to go back and return after some time. Once she is out territorial limits of Pakistan, matter would end the bench  observed while adjourning the matter till June 02 and directing the official respondents to come up with a solution.

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