Pakistan refusing to allow 30 migrants deported from EU to disembark plane

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan refused on Thursday to allow 30 migrants deported from Greece to disembark from a plane at Islamabad airport, the interior ministry said, a week after high-level talks with the European Union to settle a dispute over forced repatriations.

"On the interior minister's orders, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has not allowed these illegally deported people and the aircraft crew to leave the plane," the ministry said in a statement, referring to the FIA.

The ministry said the 30 were "unverified deportees" who had arrived in Islamabad on a charter flight from Greece.