Britain rejecting Pakistani visa applicants in droves

Published: December 19, 2015


ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom is pursuing an unannounced policy of turning down visa applications of Pakistanis, becoming one of the top ‘no-go’ countries for the country’s nationals, a study and background interviews conducted by the Online news agency have revealed.

The British High Commission in Islamabad has turned down thousands of Pakistanis’ visa applications this year, without citing any solid reasons and many on frivolous grounds which cannot be challenged at any forum.

Pakistani passport third worst for international travel

Although the British High Commission in Islamabad and two deputy high commissions in Karachi and Lahore are fully functional, the visa applications of Pakistanis are processed at the Abu Dhabi High Commission, mainly by Indian staff. Even a large number of Pakistanis who have visited the UK twice or thrice in the recent past have been denied visas for unclear reasons.

The British High Commission in Islamabad officially refused to provide the number of applications received and rejected, and how much amount was accumulated against them this year. An official of the high commission said the figure could run into thousands.

Online sent a questionnaire to the British High Commission in Islamabad asking four questions: how many applications were received this year, how many of them were rejected and granted visas, how many Pakistanis who have traveled to the UK in the past have been denied visas and what is the amount the high commission has accumulated against these applications?.

Are British Pakistanis uncivil and lacking basic common courtesy?

Currently, the British High Commission charges fees from Rs14,000 to Rs100,000 for visas of different categories and durations. Bushra Naz, a public affairs officer at the British High Commission Islamabad, in response, said that she had forwarded the questions to the Abu Dhabi High Commission. “That’s all I can do for you. It is better to contact them”, she said.

Mohammad Atif, who had applied for the UK visa from Lahore, said his three consecutive applications were rejected on different grounds. “Finally, when I cleared all the objections, the visa officer rejected my application, because he thought I would stay behind there despite the fact I had lived in the UK for two and a half months before”.

“Each time, I deposited Rs14,000 as visa fees and the high commission always welcomed that because they were getting money against the application. They should have refused to receive the subsequent applications if they had cogent reason to turn down my first application”, he said. 

Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (95)

  • Chacha Jee
    Dec 19, 2015 - 7:50AM

    Who needs visa. Around one million Muslim have reached Europe this year alone as refugees. They get free housing, medical and welfare money. It is called White Man’s Burden. Europe is fast becoming ‘Islamic Republic of Europe’. Insha Allah, once Muslim are in majority, whites will told to pack their bags, leave goris and go home.Recommend

  • Asad Malik
    Dec 19, 2015 - 10:57AM

    Seeing the sort of problems people from the subcontinent are causing there it should be obvious why these visas are being rejected.Recommend

  • jay
    Dec 19, 2015 - 11:36AM

    Good move ! Every country has the right to do what it finds fit for its own national security ! Most of these Pakistani going to UK should stay back and make their Islamic country a paradise !Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Dec 19, 2015 - 12:24PM

    I applied fir visit visa for myself and family this year in june, faced no iasue at all.Travelled there for the first time with my family, had oinderful time. Got the visa within agreed time lines. Excellent service by Gerrys and British high comission in Abu Dhabi. Recommend

  • Shabbir
    Dec 19, 2015 - 12:42PM

    There is no mystery as to why they are rejecting applicants from Pakistan. It is not for financial reasons that’s for sure. Rs. 14,000 is like a single days wage for a white collar worker in the UK.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Dec 19, 2015 - 12:57PM

    Most of our politicians / bureaucrats etc all have dual nationality or a diplomatic passport so they are least bothered.Recommend

  • Shah
    Dec 19, 2015 - 1:02PM

    Load of bull ! In the last 6 months i have known 6 of my friends and their parents who have received UK visit visas. Pretty sure they have valid reasons for rejecting some Pakistani visas.Recommend

  • Prada
    Dec 19, 2015 - 1:21PM

    Paying the visa processing charges does not guarantee a visa. This is true the world over.Recommend

  • Komal S
    Dec 19, 2015 - 1:33PM

    author says “the visa applications of Pakistanis are processed at the Abu Dhabi High Commission, mainly by Indian staff”
    It is the evil Indians at it again! Looks like the Indians are deciding the fate of British Visa for Pakistanis. What do you expect evil Hindu Indians to do, except to reject the Visa Application without any logic. Seeing Indian conspiracy in everything is not going to help your nation.Recommend

  • Point
    Dec 19, 2015 - 2:09PM

    Indians obsessed with speaking ill about Muslims but can’t resist working in huge amount in Middle east!!Recommend

  • Logic
    Dec 19, 2015 - 2:53PM

    Its a real mess and Govt should negotiate with UK authorities and bring back Pakistani application process to Pakistan. My parents application was rejected by Indian staff despite they have been to the UK two times earlier. Later when I personally wrote to British High Commission and appealed in London, they reviewed the application and issued visas. Recommend

    Dec 19, 2015 - 2:57PM

    Governance has broken down completely in Pakistan. Our degrees are fake, our CNIC cards are fake, our passports are fake. What is Britain supposed to do?…..All the way down we are all in the dumps……May Allah guide us all.Recommend

  • piles up
    Dec 19, 2015 - 4:00PM

    The costs of strategic assets on a country is endless.Recommend

  • Umar Khitab
    Dec 19, 2015 - 4:06PM

    The message is loud and clear…dont applyRecommend

  • Char Latan
    Dec 19, 2015 - 4:09PM

    It is a widely known fact that the UK is ruled by the mostly Indian staffers at its Abu Dhabi consulate. They are the power behind the Monarchy and it is due to them that the Green Passport is not was welcomed in the UK as it is elsewhere.Recommend

  • Dec 19, 2015 - 4:28PM

    It surprises to see that how much biased and tinted an opinion could be. Why is it that denial and blaming others is so common an approach in Pakistan. When the writer says “visa applications of Pakistanis are processed at the Abu Dhabi High Commission, mainly by Indian staff.” it makes me laugh as staff does not decide the policies it is the High Commissioner. And Sir, why can we not open our eyes and see as to why so many people from Pakistan or Pakistani origin are involved in hate and terror attacks all over the world. why do we not blame the the jihadi factories functioning all over instead blaming others for rejecting visas. Please change the course and see what the world can see and you can not.Recommend

  • da Vinci
    Dec 19, 2015 - 4:44PM

    “…the visa applications of Pakistanis
    are processed at the Abu Dhabi High
    Commission, mainly by Indian staff…”

    Here is the answer guys. Do not waste your time and money. These Indians would go to any extent against Pakistanis. Thanks God we separated.Recommend

  • GKA
    Dec 19, 2015 - 4:47PM

    Letting in even one Farook or one Shahzad, is too much

    Britain has the right to protect its borders.

    LOL on the article by the way – pakistani requests for visa are processed by Indians !!!Recommend

  • Saweel Hameed Rathore
    Dec 19, 2015 - 4:53PM

    Hello Guys, I am part of the group of those students which went to UK, Sweden and Germany in the light of Chief Minister of Punjab’s Foreign Tour for Topper students from all over Pakistan. The group comprised of 5 faculty members including 38 students who were all high achievers in their respective fields and regions. On the first occasion, visas for 37 out of 38 students were rejected by the visa officer on the grounds of not submitting the bank statement keeping in mind this tour was sponsored by the government of the Punjab. The one student did submitted his father’s bank statement when it was demanded later by the embassy via email. The government applied for the visas for the second time with an attachment from the foreign office of Pakistan and this time was success. However there was no response for 7 students in the mean time and the others left for UK on the scheduled date of 13th June. out of those 7 students, 4 of them reached UK after 3 or 4 days while the application for the last 3 students was again rejected.Recommend

  • Avtar
    Dec 19, 2015 - 6:10PM

    @Char Latan: Whatever you are trying to imply about Indians, there are almost as many Muslims Indians as there Muslims in Pakistan. The question should be put to your own government: why is this “perceived” action happening against Pakistanis.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Dec 19, 2015 - 6:16PM

    “Indians obsessed with speaking ill about Muslims but can’t resist working in huge amount in Middle east!!”
    Looking at it another way, Middle East employers, all of them Muslims, prefer Indians over fellow Muslims from Pakistan to work for them. It seems the only use for Pakistanis is to provide them at least one Pakistani a week for ritual beheading.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Dec 19, 2015 - 6:18PM

    Not surprised, same goes for US visas. Actually US embassies are there for the purpose of hoarding money in the same of visas which they will never issue. They should call them US visa franchises.Recommend

  • binger
    Dec 19, 2015 - 6:20PM

    fill your pockets with millions of dollars, no one will reject your application,
    in case you don’t have money then migrate as refugees.Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 19, 2015 - 6:21PM

    Majority of commentators here bashing UK Government for discriminative treatment of Pakistani applicants; I’m Australian resident with Pakistan passport and my application for visit visa was turned down by Indonesian saying Pakistan is a dangerous country. It’s in the list of 9 countries including Somalia, Nigeria and Afghanistan and required special approval from ministry of foreign affairs,Police and Immigration.

    The fact is we don’t accept that the mess we are indulged is due to our own blunders. We elect the people we know has done nothing for this country but we repeat the same mistakes again and again. So please don’t be just keyboard warriors do something even very little to change this corrupt system. Recommend

  • Smiling Buddha
    Dec 19, 2015 - 7:28PM

    Indians in Mars, UK embassy and inside pakistan also…… Indians everywhere……………lolRecommend

  • Dec 19, 2015 - 7:43PM

    These embassy are no longer diplomatic offices they money making machine. They probably issue to 5% applicant. Simply if no sale no charge. If they reject the application they should return the fee. But our external affair ministry is so useless to raised or investigate this issue with the concern embassies. Recommend

  • Tambakhoo
    Dec 19, 2015 - 7:45PM

    Don’t worry. In 25 years, Islam will be the major religion of the world. Every non-Muslim in Europe, Americas, Africa will have to follow Islamic rules and laws. The world will finally have peace brought by the religion of peace,Recommend

  • Shakti
    Dec 19, 2015 - 8:00PM

    @Asad Malik: Don’t include the whole of the subcontinent. Indians have no trouble getting visas.Recommend

  • Jahanzaib
    Dec 19, 2015 - 8:58PM

    Uk is not an attractive place any more for studies and settlement.
    Things are very messed up here. It’s better not to come here for both reasons mentioned above. For visit and holiday it’s a good country. Recommend

  • Indian
    Dec 19, 2015 - 9:18PM

    India and other countries should charge at least 5 lakhs per Pakistani Visa and use this amount for terror relief all over world.Recommend

  • Naresh
    Dec 19, 2015 - 9:49PM

    @Asad Malik ; Seeing the sort of problems people from the subcontinent are causing there it should be obvious why these visas are being rejected.
    Sir Bangladeshi, Indians and Sri Lankan are not complaining vehemently as the Pakistanis are complaining. As such this is not a “Sub-Continent” problem but mainly a Pakistan Problem. Be that as it may I think the Government or Great Britain must not single out Pakistanis to suffer the rejection of UK Entry Visa.

  • An Indian
    Dec 19, 2015 - 10:11PM

    @Point: “Indians obsessed with speaking ill about Muslims but can’t resist working in huge amount in Middle east!!”

    Why don’t you lobby/beg your Arabian big brothers to ban Indians from Middle East??Recommend

  • Surfer
    Dec 19, 2015 - 10:42PM

    Old Brits have gone bankrupt. They have contrived novel methods of making money. Recommend

  • ramdar
    Dec 19, 2015 - 11:00PM

    ”Indians obsessed with speaking ill about Muslims but can’t resist working in huge amount in Middle east!!”
    Indians include 170 Mn Muslims. Middle east needs skilled Indian manpower as much as poor Indians need jobs. These Indians are ‘legal’ migrants with very high percentage of Indian Muslims. India is supporting ‘illegal’ Bangladeshi Muslim migrants estimated to be 10 Mn.
    Currently India’s relation with UAE is better than Pakistan’s. People obsessed with speaking ill about Muslims are found all over the world. Also, there are Pakistanis who hate western world & Pakistanis who legally & illegally migrate to the west.Recommend

  • Nero
    Dec 19, 2015 - 11:41PM

    @Point: “Indian” is a nationality. A “Muslim” is one who professes to follow Islamic religion. They are NOT exclusive identities. There are more Muslims in India than Pakistan. India is probably the biggest “Muslim” country in the world, because number of Muslims in India is typically under-reported. Is this too hard to understand? Recommend

  • usman778
    Dec 20, 2015 - 12:11AM

    Good. We deserve it. Just beacuase we put up with Islamic extremists does not mean other countries will. Want to be respected in the world? Start doing somethign about Islamic extremism.Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 20, 2015 - 12:55AM

    I’m appalled by the first comment by chacha jee. He is obviously an anti Muslim troll. As for the Indians who are more ‘honest’ in admitting that racist agendas in this comments section; understand this. You India are our neighbours. It is a shame upon you that we cannot live in harmony. You have become a super power and the only contribution you have made to this works is to be exactly the same as the rest. You are not contributors to world peace and all you can ever do is copy and earn off the backs of others. You should think to yourself as to where your future really lies. Whilst Europe does all it can to unite your doing everything you can to divide and ham your neighbours. If you are going to learn from the west do it properly or your hatred of Pakistan will be your undoing.
    As for the UK. The Pakistan government needs to lobby the UK government as to why this is happening. It is true that Indians are staffing the consulate and the BBC and this presenting a problem. It is also true that they are efficient but their racist agenda is causing problems and needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.
    Another point to mention is Nawaz Sharif has a factory in Saudi which only recruits Indians.
    This news coincides with another bit of news which shows that the largest amount of foreign remittances are to India. Recommend

  • Malik
    Dec 20, 2015 - 4:09AM

    Indonesia has way more Muslims than any other nation, including India or Pakistan. Recommend

  • Np
    Dec 20, 2015 - 4:10AM

    @Point: indians speaking ill of Muslims? Who? The Indian Muslims as well? Sorry but most Indians do not criticize people on basis of religion. Secondly, many of those who have gone abroad to middle east happen to be Muslims themselves. Thirdly Indian economic migrants respect the culture of the countries where they live. They do not demand implementation of Hindu laws in UK this is quite distinct from those that went on asylum to UK and now demand Shariah in uk.Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Dec 20, 2015 - 5:05AM

    @Komal S: Has it entered into your thick scull that the Indian staff at the british embassy are merely following instructions? They cannot take decisions about any application on their own. Just because you hate Indians does not mean they are responsible for rejecting visas.Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Dec 20, 2015 - 5:05AM

    @Komal S: Has it entered into your thick scull that the Indian staff at the british embassy are merely following instructions? They cannot take decisions about any application on their own. Just because you hate Indians does not mean they are responsible for rejecting visas.Recommend

  • brar
    Dec 20, 2015 - 7:04AM

    Indians immigrate to West and Middle east to earn because we are poor and we are ready to work any where without creating any problems for those countries, where as the Pakistanis always bad mouth about West and also apply in droves for immigration to these countries and are humiliated by the embassies , they must apply for visa for brethern Muslim countries only where Sharia laws are practiced or issue a stern warning to West that if they continue rejecting visas of Pakistani then we will be compelled to use our Nuclear weapons to teach them a lesson we have not produced this arms just for display only/Recommend

  • Ahmed Khan
    Dec 20, 2015 - 7:18AM

    Indians in Abu Dhabi will not issue visa to Pakistanis very easily. Every time you apply bias is clear, when you challenge the decision it fell flat in their face as I have challenged and won fair and square for my parents visa who are regular visitors to UK. Recommend

  • Akbar
    Dec 20, 2015 - 7:36AM

    Karma comes calling, I guess.
    Which countries gives visa when Citizens of Pakistan are involved in Notorious activities around the world Be it 9/11, London Tube Bombing, 26/11, Madrid bombing.. and every major militant group has some link to Pakistan. Chechan, Afghan, Iranian, Indian, Chinese, Indonesian etc.Recommend

  • kaash singh
    Dec 20, 2015 - 7:54AM

    I do not think rejection of visa applications has anything to do with people(maybe Indians or not).I have worked in this field and I know officers have to follow guidelines, procedures and rules. And I do not think officers will reject applications for personal reasons. For their own job is at stake if they wrongly reject applications,for personal reasons or not.Recommend

  • Dr Abid Shah Mashwani
    Dec 20, 2015 - 8:47AM

    Pakistanis and other immigrants around the globe should accept and understand the ground reality that one plus billion people of India and China resulted in significantly higher proportions of Indian and Chinese in every country on the face of earth. If Pakistan and Afghanistan allows, Indian and Chinese will even immigrate to there too. While Chinese language barrier along with less confrontational nature, make them mind their own business, majority of the Indian Hindus (there are some very nice ones too) can’t leave their hatred for Muslims especially Pakistani behind. Therefore, no matter where you go, Canada, Australia, Middle East, USA, Europe, if you are a Muslim and Pakistani, you will face it. So stay steadfast, determine and honest to your cause and face it with courage.Recommend

  • SEAsian
    Dec 20, 2015 - 8:48AM

    Go India !!Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Dec 20, 2015 - 8:53AM

    WOW, what a way to collect money, they are getting pretty greedy. The old Sahib is coming back. Recommend

  • Bharatiya Australian
    Dec 20, 2015 - 8:53AM

    It is laughable that every news item from Pakistan only wants to sensationalize by blaming Indians even though India has close to equal number of Muslims too, thereby not giving the common Pakistanis’ a chance to think logically without biases as to the reasons for a very poor projection of Pakistan as a country and its almost no standing in the world…Its importance is only for its Nuisance it creates…By always using conspiracy theories to blame Indians for all of your ills, there is no hope!!! Is it too hard for a country to understand that it cannot keep supporting non state actors and keep using Religion as a prism to see the world and expect acceptance!!Recommend

  • Atheist
    Dec 20, 2015 - 9:33AM

    Only Pakis can beg while pointing their guns to the heads. Recommend

  • globalobserver
    Dec 20, 2015 - 9:45AM

    It is not a right to be granted visas by foreign countries. The countries have the right to deny any applicants. Too many Pakistanis and Indians just disappear in the Western countries when their visas expire. In addition, Pakistanis carry the burden of being looked upon as potential terrorists.Recommend

  • Sane Khan
    Dec 20, 2015 - 10:34AM

    Wake up and smell the coffee.
    Stop badmouthing the West, Middle East, Indians, American Marsians and everybody else.

    Get your act straight and you would be more than welcome all over the world.Recommend

  • raw is war
    Dec 20, 2015 - 11:31AM


    Nawaz sharif’s factory in Saudi Arabia is a steel re-cycling. They melt steel scrap and make billets. Top management is Muslims and Italians. Indian workers are preferred because India has the knowledge of steel manufacturing. You can get skilled workers. It is the biggest producer of steel the the world. Pakistanis has almost no steel industry. So why blame him? Indian workers do not create trouble. They are present 24/7/365. They do not require IDD holidays etc. So who will you chose, if you own the factory?Recommend

  • JSM
    Dec 20, 2015 - 11:51AM

    Indians are trusted in Middleeast.Recommend

  • cocomo
    Dec 20, 2015 - 12:11PM

    I think its temporary because of fears of daeshRecommend

  • Bilal
    Dec 20, 2015 - 12:13PM

    I am so happy …. We need a big break from EU and UK….only genuine candidates should be allowed to get through otherwise we have had already enough with our compatriots who have ruined the name of Pakistan with their ‘deeds’ over there..
    I am sure no Islamic country in world could have shown the level of generosity and good will to Pakistanis which they got from EU, US and UK in the last 68 years…Be it KSA or ‘Muslim brotherhood’…
    I am so ashamed about what we’ve been returning them…Fake documents, Bogus school college admissions, Fake claims to get public funds and illegal swag, Fake asylums, illegal businesses & a generation of ‘Confused Desi People’…
    Thanks God…..Let the world teach us lesson may be one day we realise what it takes to be a human Recommend

  • Dec 20, 2015 - 12:29PM

    @Ali: You have said every thing right but I disagree with one line “We elect the people we know has done nothing for this country but we repeat the same mistakes again and again.” Dear Sir, in my opinion the cause of the mess is not the elected people the cause is those who practice the theories of strategic depth and causing thousand cuts to bleed, training equipping and launching these strategic assets and causing damage all over the world. Recommend

  • Dec 20, 2015 - 12:34PM

    Stop their business and money minting. Stop applying for visas and damage their evil design of earning money. After all Pakistan is the most beautiful land of dreams why go out and that too to the land of kafirs who are out to corrupt the purity of soul of every devout muslim by their immoral behaviour and customs.Recommend

  • Dec 20, 2015 - 12:46PM

    Do not be blind please. Nobody is anti muslim. Thousands of Muslims from India and other countries all over the world including Bangladesh apply for visas for UK, US and European countries, get the visas and are treated with respect. Please think why the muslims from Pakistan and a few other countries are discriminated? WHY?Recommend

  • Dec 20, 2015 - 12:47PM

    Well said.Recommend

  • singh
    Dec 20, 2015 - 1:05PM

    Where do you stand today? Thanks [email protected] Vinci: Recommend

    Dec 20, 2015 - 3:11PM

    Coincidentally, last week I was a victim of the same. I had applied for a Business Visit Visa for an official purpose with supporting letters from both sponsor and employer alongwith a steady travel history and requisite documents.The reasons given were that I would be working in the UK, whereas my sponsor explicitly stated that it was for troubleshooting that I was being invited. No salary nor a contract. I found it astonishing that the Officer was unaware of the permitted activities which very much contained advising, training, troubleshooting and sharing skills with employees of the same corporate group in the UK. Secondly he/she erroneously claimed I was married but the application form said I was Single and that I did not disclose information about my spouse and no genuine reason as to why I would return to Pakistan. For Crying Out Loud, its an OFFICIAL VISIT, sue me, my Sponsor or my Employer if I was to stay back and UK isn’t a region where people go unnoticed. I have registered complaints and am awaiting responses, but from the look of things, I would have to reapply since my sponsor is urgently seeking my service. I hope this time around a competent officer assesses my application on Merit and common sense prevails. Breathe with me!Recommend

  • Pops
    Dec 20, 2015 - 3:14PM

    People like Anjum Chaudery, hate preacher, are causing problems here in the UK by demanding sharia law and saying Islam will rule the world. They get away with it here because we have freedomm of speach here. Can you imagine what would happen if a Christian said Christianity will rule in Pakistan?

    Muslims are being hated and discriminated against in employment and in gieneral everyday life. They keep to their own way of life and don’t integrate into society.Recommend

  • RW911
    Dec 20, 2015 - 3:39PM

    “Insha Allah, once Muslim are in majority, whites will told to pack their bags, leave goris and go home.”

    Explains why people like Donald Trump say the things they do.Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Dec 20, 2015 - 6:50PM

    My parents application was rejected by Indian staff despite they have been to the UK two times earlier. – They are British, not Indians. Stop making negative comments, just because they happen to have dark skin.Recommend

  • kaash singh
    Dec 20, 2015 - 7:10PM

    @Dr Abid Shah Mashwani: You are a Doctor and thus learned enough to distinguish between India and Pakistan. India,unlike Pakistan,is a secular country where everyone gets his chance equally. So among those immigration officers there will be not only hindus but Sikhs, Christians and,oh yes, muslims also. So blaming Hindus solely is a non-event. I know what you mean.Hindus do the better jobs than muslims in the Arab countries. So think yourself why Muslims in Arab countries will favour Hindus over muslims in job opportunities.
    Then I do not understand why you must pour your venom over such a simple and innocent comment.Take it easy.Recommend

  • ramdar
    Dec 20, 2015 - 7:35PM

    Your comments are typical of a biased mind, blaming India for all your troubles, ignoring Pakistan’s own blunders. All of us are being rewarded for our actions, good are bad, even in this imperfect world.
    ​”​…largest amount of foreign remittances are to India.” So what? Just remember, India’s population is 7 times Pakistan’s. Recommend

  • ramdar
    Dec 20, 2015 - 8:41PM

    Did you read the last sentence of Komal S’ comment which reads ‘Seeing Indian conspiracy in everything is not going to help your nation.’ Rest is sarcasm.Recommend

  • Atheist_Pakistani
    Dec 20, 2015 - 10:22PM

    Same can be said regarding Pakistani application for fortune 500 companies like Microsoft. Many of my pals outperformed their Indain counter parts but were denied permanent status because their boss was Indian. And guess what, the Indians were allowed permanent status and all Pakistanis were rejected :) There goes the Indian pride of claiming “we work hard and thats why we are mile ahead of Pakistanis” So sad. Recommend

  • Zoro
    Dec 20, 2015 - 11:13PM

    @ Pops
    Anjum Choudary described 11 September 2001 as a “towering day” and the 19 hijackers as “magificent”. Recommend

  • Nero
    Dec 20, 2015 - 11:27PM

    @Malik: Yes, Indonesia seems to be the biggest one. That why I wrote “probably”. Indonesia has 204 mn, whereas India has 180 mn (census figures). But, census figures in India typically under-report Muslim numbers, as it fails to take into account migrants from Bangladesh. The gap between India and Indonesia may not be more than 10 odd millions in that case. But, India definitely has more Muslims than Pakistan.Recommend

  • Indian
    Dec 20, 2015 - 11:41PM

    Why do so many Pakistani are trying to go to Europe when you don’t like European culture???Recommend

  • Sandip
    Dec 21, 2015 - 6:46AM

    @Logic: Looks like the Indians have applied non-tarrif barriers to categories and places unimagined by the Pakistani government. Pakistani government should make a demand that no Pakistani visa be adjudicated by any person of Indian origin. Recommend

  • Sandip
    Dec 21, 2015 - 6:49AM

    @Char Latan: Guys you better quickly make it up to the Indians. Else they can certainly make life miserable for you- anywhere in the world, it seems.Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2015 - 4:43PM

    @VICTIM: Pakistanis have mastered the art of playing victim, pointing a gun and begging; all at one time. A unique art. Keep it up.Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2015 - 4:47PM

    How are you so sure they were Hindus and not Indian Christian or Muslim or a Gora? Recommend

  • samakh
    Dec 21, 2015 - 6:01PM

    I implore you not to reapply. I made the same mistake. Reapplied for Business Visa and it got rejected again and I am still in shock. Can’t state my case here but both times rejected without any valid reasons.Recommend

  • LS
    Dec 21, 2015 - 8:31PM

    @da Vinci:
    As the Indian Staff decide the rules. Dude the country decides the rules, the staff is simply responsible for conveying the decision… What ever objectivity is at the level of the staff is also bound by rules with reasons for denial. The staff will NEVER communicate the real reason why your application was denied and will give you obtuse or generic answer.

    You just could not get over your hate..Recommend

  • samakh
    Dec 21, 2015 - 8:37PM

    I implore you not to reapply. I did the same and it got rejected again. Can’t share the details here but I was shocked of the reasons that were mentioned in the Refusal Letter both times. Recommend

  • No_Name
    Dec 21, 2015 - 8:49PM

    Wow!! Indian “conspiracy” in UK Visa rejection for Pakistanis. Do you know that Hong Kong, a Chinese territory, allows Indians a short term visa free entry for business reasons while requires Pakistan citizens to get a Visa first ? Now don’t tell me that Chinese foreign office is also controlled by Indians.Recommend

  • ramdar
    Dec 21, 2015 - 8:58PM

    @Dr Abid Shah Mashwani:
    ”…can’t leave their hatred for Muslims especially Pakistani behind.” You are largely right but missing a point. This hatred is sustained as a reaction to hatred from other side.
    The history of the subcontinent is taught differently in schools of our 2 countries. While in India, secular emperors like Akbar & Ashok are admired; in Pakistan, invaders Qasim, Ghori, Gazanavi are heroes, shaping young minds.
    The trend of minority population percentage in our countries ( including east Pakistan, now Bangladesh) over last 60 years also bring out how differently we love or hate our minorities.Recommend

  • True
    Dec 21, 2015 - 9:59PM

    Ohh really so what did they “actually” do to outperform. Who evaluated their performance, were they denied acknowledgement. What job your friend was doing. So you pretty much nailed up everything by saying but were denied permanent status because their boss was Indian. A typical mindset you didn’t get it so there has to be a conspiracy theory. Can you count your expat successes anywhere in the world. Stop blaming people because of your own failures.Recommend

  • sridhar
    Dec 22, 2015 - 9:03AM

    There is a financial gain in all this but this still does not explain why Pakistani visas only are being rejected and not, for example, Indian visas.Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Dec 23, 2015 - 4:15AM

    You ask:
    Ohh really so what did they “actually” do to outperform.

    The Pakistanis outperformed Indians on complaining and not working.Recommend

  • Shaheen
    Dec 23, 2015 - 4:38AM

    I agree with report they r rejecting pakistani visa. I am not blaiming indians its uk gov policy. My parents are in 60scame three times and went back well before in time. Now for last two.years they keep refusing with mo right of appeal.
    I am really upset i cant go due to my son.who is disable and parents british gov dont let them to.come. as a son i am shattered. Recommend

  • Mohd Abid
    Dec 24, 2015 - 3:14AM

    One of my Pakistani friend applied for a Chinese tourist visa from Qatar. His application was rejected with a comment as “They don’t issue tourist visas to Pakistanis”. Pakistan China Bai Bai?Recommend

  • Kdp
    Dec 24, 2015 - 9:27AM

    Embassy does not have to give reason behind Denial of Visitor visa.
    It is up to the mood of a given officer at a given time
    Ther is no law that requires them to justify denial
    They may not like your face and refuse visaRecommend

  • Nidhin
    Jan 8, 2016 - 3:23PM

    Look to China now. An all weather friend.Recommend

  • ufaquarian
    Jan 8, 2016 - 11:31PM

    Well there is something definitely wrong with the visa processing, my parents both 60+ were denied visit visa on grounds that they will not return back to Pakistan. They did show their assets in Pakistan , but apparently those and my younger sibling who is still studying in Karachi were not good enough for the visa processors. Recommend

  • Surfer
    Jan 12, 2016 - 8:17AM

    If the British have any decency left, they better return the visa frees of the unsuccessful visa applicants. Brits can devise some other ways of making money.Recommend

  • prabhjyot singh madan
    Feb 10, 2016 - 2:53AM

    @Asad Malik:
    People of the subcontinent, I just came from Germany, Bonn, they respect me and my passport once they know I am an Indian. Religion is irrelevant, have a Bavarian beer with them they will love you. Rab rakhaRecommend

  • prabhjyot singh madan
    Feb 10, 2016 - 3:10AM

    Your rupee has depreciated so much that is a token for them. The reputation is also bad.. nobody wants a Pakistani passport, it is a fact. India is growing gradually , help yourself and believe in rabji , I am from gujranwala and pindi, I don’t want Pakistan to die out. Prove me wrong, I will be happy and my ancestors. Rab rakhaRecommend

  • raul brahmin
    Mar 1, 2016 - 2:55AM

    I think this constant influx of Pakistanis as well as Indians must be stopped

    Pakistanis or Indians who are not willing to integrate into their white society have no place in their society .. Simple!

    If you are in the mood to sit in your mosque criticising goras, and indians are busy in temples just socialising with one another , then those pakistanis and indians cannot get entry

    pakistanis are less ready to integrate within white society tbh and indians seem to be integrating at a faster pace with gores

    thats probably the reason the pakistani visa applications have been rejected more Recommend

  • Ridiculous.
    Mar 17, 2016 - 12:39PM

    Why do not the British apply for Pakistani visa’s as we Pakistani’s apply for the British visa. The answer is obvious. Why does not David Cameron buy property in Pakistan, as does our P.M. has in the U.K. Why do not U.K. students come to Pakistan to study in Pakistan as do Pakistani’s study in the U.K. Why do not British politicians come to Pakistan for political asylum, for medical treatment, for family trips??. The answers are obvious, so the best thing to do would simply accept who we are, if we do not wish to change, why expect others to change their ways.???. Recommend

  • Simple Question.
    Mar 17, 2016 - 5:20PM

    Pakistan was created for the Muslims of the Sub-Continent, that is what we are told. So just stick to Pakistan. As Cameron said in Delhi, Pakistan plays both sides, we can fool ourselves as we have been doing since 1947, but why expect others to be fooled. Millions are realizing that the British for all their faults were far far better than Pakistani rulers.Our rulers in fact are the first to acknowledge this simple fact. How many Pakistani politicians seek asylum in England and how many British politicians seek asylum in Pakistan. What was the need to create Pakistan, if we want to go to England???. Try and be honest. Recommend

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