Turkey tightens visa
policy after Pakistani
nationals found involved
in Istanbul kidnapping


ISLAMABAD: Turkey has decided to tighten its visa policy for Pakistani nationals only a few days after some of them were found involved in the abduction of four Nepalis in Istanbul, reported a local media outlet on Thursday.

A significant number of Pakistanis live and work in Istanbul, Ankara and other major cities across Turkey. The transcontinental country is also visited by hundreds of Pakistani citizens for tourism every month.

“The Turkish government has tightened the visa policy for Pakistanis after crimes reportedly involving Pakistanis,” Aaj News said. “The government has also stopped issuing temporary residence permit for Pakistanis.”

It reported the Nepalis were kidnapped “at gunpoint” from Taksim Square by a group of six Pakistanis who tortured them as well.

The kidnappers demanded a ransom of 10,000 euros, though they were arrested in a police raid.

Prior to the incident, some Pakistani nationals were also detained by the Turkish authorities for protesting the ouster of former prime minister Imran Khan from power.

They were later released after the involvement of Pakistani diplomats in Turkey.