Govt to deport 11,000 illegal foreigners: Mozammel Haque

DHAKA The government has taken initiatives to deport

11,000 foreign nationals living in the country without valid documents.

We will send back around 11,000 foreign nationals living in Bangladesh

from different countries including Africa, Liberation War Affairs Minister

AKM Mozammel Haque told journalists at a briefing after a meeting of the

Cabinet Committee on Law and Order at the home ministry conference room.

During the briefing Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that foreign

nationals from different countries come to Bangladesh obtaining visas but

some of them do not go back even after expiry of dates of visas. They

(foreign nationals) are getting involved in various crimes. Many of them are

in jail while some have finished their jail terms, he added.

A total of 11,000 foreigners will be sent back to their home countries,

Kamal added.

Apart from this, AKM Mozammel Haque alleged that many diplomatic missions

here do not take steps regarding taking back their nationals having no valid

documents, adding, We have taken decision to send them back if their visas

are expired.

He said the law enforcement agencies identified the foreign nationals

whose visa validity expired and they have no money for traveling to their

countries.

We have decided to seek money from the government for their repatriation

as it is urgent to send them back because they are creating trouble, Haque

said.

Drive against foreign nationals living here illegally is going on, he

said, adding, Now our government needs to give money to repatriate them.

Meanwhile, the home minister urged house owners not to rent out their

houses to foreign nationals without confirmation of their genuine addresses.

He said house owners should check national identity cards (NID) and other

identities of foreign nationals before renting out their houses to them.

Replying to a question about Rohingyas' passport, Mozammel Haque said that

there is no scope of issuing passports for Rohingyas as it is fully

computerized and follows biometric system.

He said rallies against drug abuse and repression of women were staged

across the country under the home ministry following Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina's zero tolerance policy against illegal drugs.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque chaired the meeting

while Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi,

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmood Chowdhury, State Minister for

Public Administration Farhad Hossain and officials concerned attended it.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)