Pakistanis getting UK student visas on fake papers
Britain’s visa system has come into question following recent arrests of 12 Pakistani citizens who arrived in London on student visas, and reports of such papers being issued in Pakistan based on fake documents.world Updated: Apr 26, 2009 16:10 IST
Britain’s visa system has come into question following recent arrests of 12 Pakistani citizens who arrived in London on student visas, and reports of such papers being issued in Pakistan based on fake documents.
Earlier this month, 12 Pakistan citizens were arrested for plotting bomb attacks but were released without charge later. They are now awaiting deportation to Pakistan, whose officials have charged that the problem was at Britain’s end.
Now David Gosling, the UK-born principal of Edwardes College in Peshawar, has accused the British High Commission officials in Pakistan of dereliction of duty by failing to investigate details of bogus students entering Britain with false documents.
Gosling said officials had ignored specific evidence that students were entering Britain on false papers. He told the Observer that the High Commission officials may be turning a blind eye to avoid uncovering corruption.
Gosling said that in December he sent details of students who had obtained bogus student visas, including their names, to the British High Commission in Islamabad but was still waiting for a response.
He said: “The High Commission is either turning a blind eye or just cannot cope with violations of visa protocol by local students. They do not appear to have taken my complaints seriously and have not responded to my specific requests to investigate these students since last December.“