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UK to make student visa policy more strict

UK to make student visa policy more strict

LONDON – British government has announced a radical shake-up of the student visa policy. Tougher entrance criteria, limits on work entitlements and the closure of the post-study work route are amongst the changes in the student visa policy unveiled by Home Secretary Theresa May on Tuesday. Immigration officers will have the power to refuse entry to foreign students if they fail to speak English. Similarly, tens of thousands of dependants will also be stopped from joining overseas

Superior University delegates off to UK

LAHORE – A meeting was held at the Superior University, Raiwind Road Campus, in connection with the participation in an international conference to be held at York St John University UK. It has been decided that Superior University Marketing Department
Head Hafiz Abdul Rehman will head the delegation. Superior University has been working with the York St John University UK for the last two years, dozens of students have completed their education and many are on their way to

UK urges investors to look beyond headlines

LAHORE – British Deputy High Commissioner and UK Trade and Investment Director Robert W Gibson has said that the power crisis, corruption and security related problems are the biggest challenges faced by Pakistan, but the UK government encourages its investors to look beyond headlines. Gibson made these remarks while speaking to guests at a farewell dinner, which was arranged at the British High Commission on the successful completion of his three years tenure as UK Trade and

UK police readies for Mumbai-style attack

LONDON – Britain Tuesday said it was training extra firearms police amid growing fears of a ‘Mumbai-style’ terror attack. “We are working to prepare for any terrorist incident including a Mumbai-style attack in the UK,” said Security Minister Pauline Neville-Jones.
The government was training more police officers to respond to an armed attack and enhancing existing levels of firearms training, she said during a conference at the Royal United Services Institute in central London.

UK never told Pakistan to avoid torture: Musharraf

LONDON – Former president Pervez Musharraf claimed in comments released on Monday that Britain never clearly demanded that British citizens not be tortured by Pakistani security services. As Britain prepares to open an inquiry into claims that its agents were complicit in the torture of terror suspects, Pakistan’s former military ruler said London’s stance may have been a “tacit approval of whatever we were doing”.
In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC),

UK, France, Gulf states seek no-fly zone over Libya

RAS LANUF – Britain, France and Gulf states on Monday said they were seeking UN authority for a no-fly zone over Libya, as Muammar Gaddafi’s warplanes counter-attacked against rebels and aid officials said a million people were in need.
Rebels swiftly rejected an olive branch offered by an associate of Gaddafi, and fighting escalated around one of the country’s key oil ports. The ageing autocrat warned that if he fell thousands of refugees would “invade Europe”. With civilians

UK defends stringent visa policy for students

LONDON – Britain’s interior ministry Sunday said its plans to tighten the visa system for foreign students would not damage the country’s universities. An alliance of chief executives from 16 universities has written to the interior minister, Home Secretary Theresa May, urging her to abandon plans to restrict the number of visas and impose strict English language requirements. Students represent almost two-thirds of non-European Union migrants coming to Britain. The government thinks

UK parliamentary body urges US-Taliban talks

LONDON – The US must hold direct talks with the Taliban if it is to have any hope of ending the Afghan war, an influential British parliamentary committee said on Wednesday. The Foreign Affairs Committee said the military campaign was not working and urged the British government to use its influence in Washington to convince it to engage fully in direct talks with Taliban leaders.
“An Afghan-led, but US driven, process of political reconciliation is the best remaining hope that

UK court agrees to extradite Assange to Sweden

LONDON – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who rocked the US government by publishing thousands of secret diplomatic memos, must be extradited to Sweden to face sex crimes allegations, a British judge ruled on Thursday. Assange’s lawyers said immediately they planned to appeal against the decision to London’s High Court and it could still be months before the legal process in Britain reaches an end.
The 39-year-old Australian computer expert remains in Britain on bail in the

FIA seeks inquiry against HC official in UK

LAHORE – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday requested the high commissioner for the United Kingdom to hold an inquiry against the consular attache at the High Commission for Pakistan, London, for attesting the affidavit of a proclaimed offender of the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL), Pakistan Today has learnt.
An official letter available with Pakistan Today forwarded by FIA investigators to the High Commission for Pakistan, London, said the FIA sent a

‘Pakistan and UK are close friends’

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Britain are tied in a historic and deep friendly relations and Britain is Pakistan’s largest investor. He said that UK has always supported democracy in Pakistan adding that establishment of the British Overseas Pakistanis Office will help resolve the problems of UK-based Pakistanis.
He was talking to media on the occasion of launching of British Overseas Pakistanis Office, here today. Chairperson of the

UK PM urges reform, not repression in Arab states

KUWAIT CITY – British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday said “reform – ‘not repression” was the way to guarantee stability in the Arab world, in a visit to Kuwait as part of a regional tour. The day after he became the first foreign leader to visit Cairo since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, Cameron told Kuwait’s national assembly that protests sweeping the region were a precious moment of opportunity.
“For decades, some have argued that stability required highly controlling

Khar asks UK ministers to ease visa process

ISLAMABAD – UK Cabinet Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, also chairperson of the ruling Conservative Party, called on Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar in the federal capital on Tuesday. “She was accompanied by Damian Green, Minister for Immigration, and the British high commissioner to Pakistan,” said a Foreign Office’s statement.
The minister of state highlighted the problems relating to the issuance of visa to the Pakistani nationals and also underlined

UK wants a peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute: MPs

ISLAMABAD – The British Parliament is interested in finding a permanent solution to the dispute of Kashmir between India and Pakistan. All political parties of the United Kingdom are united over the issue and All Parties Parliamentary Group on Kashmir, a group of parliamentarians from the UK, said on Sunday.
The group, headed by Lord Nazir Ahmed currently on a visit to Pakistan, held meetings with various leaders and later in the evening, addressed a press conference along with

The not-so-liked UK immigration policy meets mixed reaction

LONDON – United Kingdom, once considered a best destination to study and work for the people from all over the world is fast losing its charm, thanks to the tough immigration policies of the Conservative party led government. Conservative party, commonly known as a Tory party of UK went into the 2010 general elections with the issue of immigration on the top of their agenda.
With unemployment raised to its record high and more than 2 million Brits out of work, “British jobs for

Barclays flayed over UK corporation tax bill

LONDON – Protesters and lawmakers condemned Barclays Bank after it revealed it paid only £113 million ($184 million) in British corporation tax in 2009 – a fraction of its profits. Opposition lawmaker Chuka Umunna, a member of the parliament’s treasury committee, said it was shocking and accused Prime Minister David Cameron of failing to ensure banks paid a fair contribution towards cutting the deficit.
Across Britain, a number of small protests took place outside Barclays

Zardari urges UK to help Pakistan access EU markets

ISLAMABAD – President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday urged British Cabinet Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi to use her influence for setting up opportunity zones in the conflict-hit areas and pleading Pakistan’s case for enhanced and preferential trade access to the markets of European Union countries for put the country’s economy back on track.
Talking to Warsi, who called on him at the President’s House, Zardari said it would help addressing the issues of poverty and unemployment