FIJI STUDENTS ORDERED OUT OF PAKISTAN

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U.S., Thai students also expelled

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 29, 2008) – Fiji students are among a group to be deported from Pakistan shortly.

The Pakistan Post reports that according to an Islamic seminary, the Pakistani government is deporting eight foreign students.

It’s not clear however how many of them are from Fiji.

According to the report, the Interior Ministry ordered that the students leave the country within 15 days.

The students are from the United States, Thailand and Fiji.

No reason has been given by the Government, but it’s understood the seminary would appeal to have it rescinded.

About 500 of the seminary's 5,000 students are foreigners.

Pakistan's Islamic seminaries have been accused of breeding grounds for militants.

Several leaders in the Taliban militia fighting the US-led forces in Afghanistan graduated from religious schools in Pakistan, the report said.

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