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ISLAMABAD: Britain closed its visa application centre here on Thursday after receiving threats of terrorist violence. “The visa application centre in Islamabad received a threat, which we take seriously. So we opted to close down the centre in Islamabad in order that we fully assess the threat,” spokesperson for the British High Commission, Jennifer Wilkes told media without giving details of the threat.

She, however, said that the working of the mission’s visa section and a similar application centre in the port city of Karachi were unaffected by the move. Asked when the centre would be reopened, she said, “Once we are satisfied that we have fully assessed the threat and there is no longer a danger we will open the centre once again.”

Many Western countries have reduced the strength of the staff in their missions in Islamabad owing to threats of terrorist violence. Several countries such as the US do not permit their diplomatic staff to bring along their families to Pakistan.-SANA

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  1. MQM is trying to derail the peace process in Malakand and tribal areas – Anjum Sohail Kiani

    A meeting was held at the residence of Anjum Sohail Kiani of in Sheffield in to discuss implementation of Nizam-e- Adal in Malakand Division, Attendees welcomed the National assembly resolution and praised the work of the NWFP govt of Awami National Party and its allies the PPP in achieving this success. Attendees also thanked PM Gillani in having the foresight in obtaining a cross party consensus in all parties and President Zardari for approving it.

    Attendees stated that it was essential that Nizam-e- Adal regulations do not contradict the 1973 constitution,the local Taliban give up there arms as they have no reason to carry them any more, militants accept the rit of of the government and unconditionally assist the police, frontier core and administration, women’s rights are guaranteed and secured and they are given equal opportunities in employment and education, Shrines of Auliae Ikram and people of all masalak and faith are protected.In order for this succeed the Federal and provincial will need to invest heavily in to this areas infrastructure and attempt to industrialise Malakand creating employment. It was also emphasised that the Government should reserve the right to react to any provocation by militants.

    Attendees also said that this may be last chance for Maulana Sufi Mohammed and local Taliban and others to show there true allegiance to Pakistan and Islam by guaranteeing and assuring the above. The responsibility falls on them.

    Anjum Kiani also raised concerns that the recent speeches, stance and protests of MQM leaders were an attempt to sabotage the process and also was giving the west the wrong impression of what really is happening in Sawat. MQM was trying please and its stance was assisting anti-pakistan forces who want Pakistani state to fail. Attendees stated that as MQM is part of the government, Altaf Hussain should end his self styled exile and telephonic bhashans and return to Pakistan.

    Choudary Ramzan, Imran/Adnan Kiani(Samote), Imran Arif, Rana Irshad, Mohammed Waqas, Itrat Abbass Shah, Malik Farand, and many others highlighted their concerns.

  2. 14 weeks… still no reply from abu dhabi… is recalling my passport going to hurt future visit visa applications to the UK?
    Also, how long is the process for recalling my passport (withdrawing application)?

  3. Hi guys, I wrote to the BHC ISB and AIT about my appeal, well the papers i sent to AIT, i received a letter from then. well i was talking abut the Emails i sent to the BHC ISB and AIT, got reply from AIT in 4 working day and from BHC ISB after 25 days, look how fast the are. As we know embassy takes 28 working day to review the application but in the reply they said they will take up to 3 months and they didn’t mention about the application i sent 16 /march/ 2009
    but they menstion the application i sent to AIT. God knows what the hell r they playing ?
    I really dont know what to do and who to ask . guys there is noting we can do. just bloody wait. Lots of families are suffering.
    there must be a way to deal with them But i dont know how.
    God Bless All of us

  4. Hi guys, I wrote to the BHC ISB and AIT about my appeal, well the papers i sent to AIT, i received a letter from then. well i was talking abut the Emails i sent to the BHC ISB and AIT, got reply from AIT in 4 working day and from BHC ISB after 25 days, look how fast the are. As we know embassy takes 28 working day to review the application but in the reply they said they will take up to 3 months and they didn’t mention about the application i sent 16 /march/ 2009
    but they menstion the application i sent to AIT. God knows what the hell r they playing ?
    I really dont know what to do and who to ask . guys there is noting we can do. just bloody wait. Lots of families are suffering.
    there must be a way to deal with them But i dont know how.
    God Bless All of us

  5. Dear Anjum Kiayni.

    It seems you have so much energy and time to advice , I wonder why do not you have even few minutes for some poeple.Any way keep up the good work .

    I hold uoy in higest Regards.

    Kiyani

  6. Sara Ji. Do not recall your passport you are right it will withdraw your application. you will lose yor fees. and may cause problems for future applications. send thema reminder by recorded delivery and couier. Sara what visa was it??

    Q Raza the level of service is gor worst since all issues have gone to Abu Dhabi. Make a complaint to UK visas. us Pakistani have to learn to commplain professionally and wiht repect. Do do it bro.

    Kiyani Bhai i have all the time for my brothers and sister inPakistan that is where my spirit is . My body is just in UK1q

  7. salam anjum saab
    may nay applicatin mir pur ajk se jama kari ha
    mari wif co kab passport mally ga help me brother
    E-saj-2010@hotmail .co.uk

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