LONDON The Association of Pakistani Lawyers, Pakistani origin solicitors, barristers and judges in the UK, has expressed its concerns over the announcement of British Immigration Minister Damien Green and his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Maliks press statement in Islamabad giving an impression of agreeing to deny protection to genuine refugees or asylum claimants from Pakistan. APL Chairman Barrister Amjad Malik while talking to TheNation here welcomed the forthcoming task force for tackling human trafficking, smuggling of narcotics, discouraging gang masters as well as intelligence sharing mechanism to combat terrorism and speedy grant of business visas. But he expressed his concerns over unilateral attempt to exclude asylum protection to the Pakistanis at the UK and EU borders which, according to him, would be discriminatory and would be strongly detested in the European Court of Human Rights as a violation of the convention. He said asylum laws are not meant to aid governments but to promote freedom of thought and conscience. Barrister Amjad Malik said: We will object to any attempt to deport the Pakistanis without due process of law negating the compliance with Geneva Convention 1951. We have been supporting the idea that the British Home Secretary should consult all stakeholders and chalk out a strategy to bring all those in the immigration net who have long been toiling in our black economy as slaves. The APL chairman expressed his reservations at this development and opined that both the UK and Pakistan governments could not deny individuals a right of international protection, fair trial and due process which benefitted the present Pakistan interior minister and her both premiers in the past, besides aiding the former military dictator. He said it is beauty of the British law and judicial system to protect people who fear persecution for their long held beliefs about race, colour, nationality or political association and unfair trial, torture and ill treatment in their country of origin. The obvious example of political activists who sought such protection and fought the tyranny of General Musharraf were in Pakistan, while the General himself was in the United Kingdom for seeking protection under the same established principles, he added. Amjad Malik reminded the Britains Chief Inspector of Immigration John Vines report of November 2010 on possible discrimination against the Pakistanis in visa process which depicts a bitter reality which the Pakistanis face. Mr Malik welcomed the statement by British Premier David Cameron and the Pakistani Prime Minister ensuring that any changes to the immigration system would operate in a fair, transparent and judicious manner, which would also protect and promote the competitive position of successful UK businesses and compliance with the basic human rights provisions duly protected by the Geneva Convention 1951 and European Convention on Human Rights 1950.