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BI nabs three Pakistanis illegally working in Mindanao


By Jun Ramirez

Bureau of Immigration (BI) intelligence agents have arrested three Pakistani nationals caught working in the cities of Zamboanga and Isabela, Basilan without work permits and visas.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente has ordered deportation proceedings against Zada Rahim, Ali Sajid, and Muhammad Salim.

Operatives from the BI’s Mindanao intelligence task group (MITG) arrested Zada and Ali July 8 at the Buner Appliances Store in Zamboanga City, while Muhammad was apprehended July 10 in the store’s branch in Isabela.

The Pakistanis were employed as cashier and helpers.

It was learned that two of the aliens were found in the same establishment in Zamboanga City where a Pakistani named Waqar Ahmad was arrested by BI agents in June for the same offense.

Military intelligence authorities tagged Ahmad as a possible member of the Dawah Islamiyah Group allegedly behind terror attacks in Basilan.

Immigration intelligence officer Melody Gonzales, BI-MITG head, said it was Ahmad who tipped off her team about the presence of the other Pakistanis.

“We later confirmed that they are only here as tourists and do not have the appropriate travel papers,” Gonzales said.

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