10 Pakistani nationals held by Coastguard Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:25

by LIZA JOCSON

Zamboanga Coastguard personnel held 10 Pakistani nationals at the local seaport prior to the group’s departure for Basilan province last Tuesday.

The Pakistani group, composed of five men and five women, failed to present travel documents to authorities.

An Immigration official described the group as missionaries who plan to visit mosques in Lanao del Sur and Basilan provinces.

The group reportedly arrived from Lanao del Sur and left their passports with the Falahul Mulimeen (Muslim Welfare Inc) Masjid Abubakar, barangay Basak, Maletlet, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur as reportedly practiced by visiting missionaries.

They then left for Zamboanga city via land transportation where they were intercepted by the Coast Guard when they were about to board a vessel for Basilan province.

After ascertaining the documents held by the visiting group, immigration officials however allowed them to travel to Basilan with  coordination with military and police authorities.

The group reportedly obtained a one-month tourist visa last February and had it extended until May this year.

The Pakistani nationals were identified as Zeb Jaban and his wife Maryam Jaban, Muzta Qeem and his wife Akibtar Yasmeen, Khaid Muhammad and his wife Bibi Farzana, Nadeem Faizal and his wife Baidar Sahar, Ahmad Nisar and his wife Bibi Nazish. (Liza Jocson)