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Pakistan: Clearance Needed for Artists and Students to Go Abroad

(Feb. 24, 2011) On February 23, 2011, Pakistan's Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, described a government policy on Parkistani artists and students leaving the country with scholarships to study abroad. All such persons will be required to obtain government clearance, in the form of a No Objection Certificate, issued by the Ministry, before they will be allowed to leave. Malik, speaking during the session of the legislature, stated that the Ministry would work with intelligence agencies in order to track the national origins of foreign scholarships for Pakistani students. (Artists, Students Can't Leave Country Without Clearance: Malik, THE DAWN (Feb. 23, 2011),
; NOC Required for Artists, Students Going Abroad, CENTRAL ASIA ONLINE (Feb. 23, 2011),

In addition, a broader review of foreign physical and legal persons in the country will be conducted. Malik stated, “[t]horough investigation will be carried out for all foreigners, their backgrounds and the foreign companies operating in the country.” (THE DAWN, supra.)