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ISLAMABAD COUNCIL MEMBERS REFUSED ENTRY FOR TOUR

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Immigration officials refused to allow Islamabad council members to enter the country on a goodwill tour of British...
Immigration officials refused to allow Islamabad council members to enter the country on a goodwill tour of British councils, a House of Lords report has revealed.

The refusal is highlighted in a report just submitted to the Lords by Dame Elizabeth Anson, who as well as being deputy chairman of the Association of District Councils is independent monitor of entry clearance officers' decisions on entry to Britain.

A reception at Sheffield City Council was to have been a highlight of the 1993 tour, which was in response to a visit by then lord mayor Qurbain Hussein to the part of Kashmir under Pakistani control.

Woking BC was another destination. A spokeswoman said the delegation simply failed to turn up. No-one had notified Woking of the decision to refuse them entry.

Clearance officers can refuse entry if they believe a person will not leave the country. In this case they did not even ask the delegation about its intention to return to Pakistan.

'It is not for the officers to tell three councillors and a magistrate they cannot come to England,' Dame Elizabeth said.

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