Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Pakistanis of Goan origin on a visit to Goa

It was the annual visit to Goa for Pakistanis of Goan roots and origin, most of them Roman Catholics who visit Goa normally for the feast of St. Francis Xavier and for the New Year Celebrations.

Every yearGoans from Pakistan around 250 Pakistani Goans visit Goa to be in touch with their friends, relatives, business partners etc. However this year the turnout seems to be lower. While September saw around 8 visitors,October had 21. In November around 18 visitors arrived in Goa while till date in December only around 11 visitors have visited Goa on a visit visa.

These visitors also have restrictions on their areas of visit and the same is mentioned on their passports besides their entry and exit points are noted. While they have to report to the police stations within 24 hours of their arrival in Goa, their visits are normally for around 30 days to 45 days.

There are presently many Goans still residing in Pakistan and most of them are concentrated in the city of Karachi.

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