US revokes visa for Amina Janjua

WASHINGTON: The United States has revoked the travel visa of a Pakistani human rights defender ahead of her trip to Washington, human rights group Amnesty International said Saturday.

Amina Janjua, founder of Defence of Human Rights, was scheduled to highlight the plight of hundreds of missing compatriots allegedly rounded up as part of the ‘war on terror’. She was about to board a flight from Geneva to Washington on Saturday when she was informed by a US diplomat over telephone that the visa issued to her had been cancelled, an Amnesty official said.

“It is extremely unfortunate that the US revoked her visa,” Amnesty’s Washington-based Asia-Pacific director for advocacy T Kumar told AFP. “We hope they will reconsider the decision,” said Kumar, who was also informed by the US diplomat about the visa’s cancellation.

Amnesty had arranged Janjua’s week-long US trip and had confirmed her meetings with senior State Department officials and congressional staff, Kumar said.

US officials were not immediately available for comment. afp

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