ISLAMABAD-The Islamabad Excessive Court docket (IHC) Monday issued keep orders towards Inside Ministry’s determination of denying visa extension to US citizen Cynthia Daybreak Ritchie.

A single bench of IHC comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah performed listening to of the US citizen’s petition whereby she had challenged the Ministry of Inside’s determination.

Earlier, the Inside Ministry had refused to increase her visa and requested her to depart the nation inside 15 days.

The court docket additionally issued notices to the inside ministry, Director Basic FIA and others directing them to submit their reply on this matter. The court docket additionally directed Cynthia to submit an affidavit concerning her allegations.

In her petition filed by means of Imran Feroze Malik Advocate, she assailed the order of the Ministry dated 01.09.2020, whereby her request for permission to remain in Pakistan was refused.

The IHC bench famous in its order that the petitioner had filed an utility for registration of a felony case whereby severe allegations had been raised. The matter was remanded by this court docket to the discovered Ex-Officio Justice of Peace for deciding the petition afresh. The petition is pending and time has been specified for its disposal.

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The counsel for the petitioner said earlier than the court docket that another complaints have additionally been filed, that are pending earlier than the Federal Investigation Company. 

The IHC bench noticed, “The petitioner shall be at liberty to file an affidavit, before the next date of hearing, highlighting her grievances/complaints, if any, other than the aforementioned pending proceedings. If no affidavit is filed then it would be reasonable to presume that she does not have any complaints/grievances other than those regarding which applications have already been filed.”

It added, “It is noted that issuance of a visa or refusal to grant permission to stay in Pakistan is not a right but a privilege and thus a writ is not competent in such a matter. Nonetheless, it is the duty of this court to ensure that justice is dispensed in matters pending before competent forums/courts because even a non-citizen is protected under Article 9 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973.”

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The court docket mentioned that an enterprise has already been given by the discovered counsel for the petitioner in one other matter i.e. W.P. No.1161/2020 that the latter is not going to give/concern statements and she or he could embrace all her grievances/complaints within the affidavit.

Later, the IHC bench directed the workplace to concern notices to the respondents for submitting a report and parawise feedback and deferred listening to until September 22 whereas it held, “In the meanwhile, status quo shall be maintained till the next date fixed.”

Ritchie moved the petition earlier than the IHC difficult the Inside Ministry’s determination to disclaim her a visa extension.

Within the petition, she cited the inside secretary, deputy secretary and DG FIA as respondents. The petitioner said that she had fulfilled all of the authorized obligations required of her in her visa utility to make sure her continued keep in Pakistan. 

She adopted that the Inside Ministry had refused her visa with none stable cause and added that rejecting her visa extension was a violation of the Basic Clauses Act and the nation’s visa coverage.

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