Pakistani men arrested in Zimbabwe are ‘illegal immigrants’

2010-06-26 13:51

Two Pakistani nationals were arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of

being illegal immigrants when they tried to cross into South Africa, national

police said on Saturday.

Colonel Vish Naidoo said the two had suspicious documents when they

were arrested by the Zimbabwean police.

Naidoo denied earlier reports that the men were held on suspicion

of terrorism.

“Nothing like that was ever discussed. The Zimbabwean police only

arrested the two because they had wrong documents,” he said.

Naidoo did not have details on the matter.

According to media reports, the two men – Imran Muhammad (33) and

Chaudry Parvez Ahmed (39) – tried to enter South Africa via the Beitbridge

border crossing with Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe’s government-run Herald newspaper said police believed

that the suspects tried to enter the country with fake passports.

The men flew from Saudi Arabia to Tanzania, where they allegedly

acquired fake Kenyan passports before entering Zimbabwe.

Police did not release details.

“They are in Harare and in custody as investigations on the case

continue,” the Herald quoted a police spokesperson as saying.


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