Mon, 11 Sep 2000

Four deported, two escape

PADANG, West Sumatra: The local immigration office deported four Pakistani citizens on Saturday, but lost two others who managed to escape during a security check at Tabing Airport here.

The head of the immigration office, Syaafli, said the six Pakistanis were found attempting to enter the country with visas bearing the stamp of the Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad, instead of the newly introduced sticker.

The four people deported were identified as Ahsan Bahrain, Ahmad Ali, Muhammad Amin and Yogub.

The two Pakistanis still at large were identified as Niamatulah and Ahmad Raja. Syaafli said he suspected the two had lived in the province previously.

"We have distributed their pictures to the local authorities and hope the public can help us find them," Syaafli said. (28/lup)