1,000 Schengen Visa stickers stolen from the Embassy of Italy in Islamabad
The Schengen Visa enables its holder to travel to the Schengen Area in Europe.
A total of 1,000 Schengen Visa stickers have been stolen from the locker room of the Embassy of Italy in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
According to the Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, the Italian embassy had written a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs requesting its help in investigating the robbery of the visa stickers.
The FO Spokesperson has given the information to the concerned departments for “appropriate action” against this crime.
The Ministry of Interior and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) have also been notified.
Pakistan is investigating the "theft of visa stickers" from Italian embassy in Islamabad. The foreign ministry has referred the case to the Federal Investigation Agency. The embassy says 1000 Schengen visa stickers have been stolen from the embassy's locker room. pic.twitter.com/2IsgWciovZ
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The concerned departments have been asked to keep a record of the visa stickers at all entry and exit points and report any seizure to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to the available report, 750 stolen visa stickers have serial numbers from ITA041913251 to ITA041914000, and the 250 stolen visa stickers have the numbers from ITA041915751 to ITA041916000.
What is a Schengen Visa?
A Schengen visa is a short stay visa enabling its possessor to travel in the Schengen area.
The Schengen area covers 26 nations (Schengen States) without border controls between them.
These countries are Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
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