ABU DHABI ų Oman has been struggling with increasing infiltration
Officials said thousands of Muslims from Pakistan and South Asia have
used Iran as a launching pad for illegal entry into Oman. They said the
infiltrators charter boats to cross from Iran into the sultanate.
Iran has been approached to help stop the infiltration into Oman. But so
far little has been done to tighten security along the 900-kilometer
Officials said thousands of Pakistanis and others nationals from South
Asia have infiltrated Oman in a search for work. But they said the
also believed to include Islamic insurgents and criminals.
"According to our information, about 6,000 Pakistanis are waiting in
Iran to enter Oman during the long [Ramadan] holidays," Sohail Qadeer
Seddiqi, community welfare attach with the Pakistani embassy in Muscat,
told the Abu Dhabi-based Gulf News on Nov. 10. "Even if they are caught by
the Iranian police, they are sent to Bandar Abbas, where they take boats and
Oman has sought to improve border security, particularly along its
coastline. Officials said Oman has been used as a gateway for Asians who
sought to infiltrate the United Arab Emirates.
Every week, hundreds of Iranians have also been flocking to the UAE port
of Dubai. Diplomats said many of them seek work in the UAE or merely beg for
Gulf Cooperation Council states have agreed to launch cooperation to
prevent illegal immigration to the region. The six GCC states were said to
be planning such measures as joint border patrols, communications between
border authorities, standardized entry regulations and expanded intelligence