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Newsline: Visa delays prompt Miliband to visit Pakistan

At a time when the anger among the visa seekers for UK is growing, British Foreign Minister Miliband has arrived in Pakistan on two days visit to defuse a raging row between Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry and the United Kingdom over a range of immigration-related issues including unexplained delay in issuance of visas being the most contentious of all. Officials of British High Commission Islamabad have strongly denied this impression saying Miliband has come here to hear from Pakistan’s leaders about the political, economic and security challenges it faces and how it’s going to resolve them. But Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani made it clear to Miliband that UK will have to ease visa policy for Pakistanis. It is pertinent to note here that UK visa denial to Pakistanis has sparked anger among many especially the spouse visa seekers. According to an estimate that the senior Pakistani officials dealing with the issue, as many as 200,000 passports were lying with the British High Commission in Islamabad, whereas the applicants’ papers were being processed by the officials of the UK Border Agency in Abu Dhabi, which now handles all visa applications from Pakistan. However, the officials of British High Commission denied this report saying there has been no delay in visa processing.


1 Comment»

  Tariq wrote @

Its outrageous,how UK BHC Islamabad abusing the Pakistani visa appliant and they have no where to go,Pakistani Passport are being kept for ages without any reason.Is it eithical for any high commission to keep the passport for months who applied for study or visit ,specially for so called Great Britian !!!
One of my friend have been advised after 5 months by BHC that they have lost his mother passport who applied for visit visa.Britian’s Visa shame !!!!

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