I was not deported, says Dean Jones after visa row in Pakistan

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Karachi, Dec 21: The ministry of interior affairs has ordered action against the foreign airlines which brought former Australian batsman Dean Jones to Islamabad from Dubai without a valid visa.

A statement from the ministry quoted interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan as saying that action would be taken against all those foreign carriers which violate the immigration laws of Pakistan.

A file picture of Dean Jones

The ministry statement negates the tweets of Jones who claimed he had a valid visa but incomplete documents to land in Pakistan.

Jones was deported on Sunday morning by the immigration authorities at the Benazir Bhutto international airport after he landed from Dubai. Jones reached Islamabad for the Players' draft of the Pakistan Super League as he has been appointed head coach of the Islamabad franchise.

Despite his efforts to contact the Pakistan cricket Board and Islamabad franchise to help him out Jones was deported to Dubai.

Nisar said the impression was wrong that the ministry could allow any foreign national to enter Pakistan without a valid visa. He said Jones also didn't have a valid visa so he was sent back.

On his Twitter page, Jones denied he was deported. "Ok cricket fans.. My paperwork for Pakistan Visa wasn't complete due to recent change in VIsa policy. I have Visa.. NOT DEPORTED as reported.

"I am arriving in Lahore tonight. I WAS NOT DEPORTED! Media... Please get the facts right guys," he wrote.

PTI

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