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UK visa fee goes up | Hafsa students protest

UK visa fee goes up
Islamabad, April 01, 2008: The British High Commission (BHC) in Islamabad on Monday announced on Monday that it would be increasing visa fees for the United Kingdom from today (Tuesday). A BHC statement said that the fee increase applied globally. It said the increase had been calculated to cover the cost of recent improvements to the UK visa service, including the establishment of visa application centres and the introduction of a points based system. The Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV) fee has been increased to 45 (Rs 5,850); Visit Visas - single and multiple visits up to 6 months, eg 6 month visit, medical treatment, visit for marriage/CP to 65 (Rs 8450); Premium Visas - longer term multiple visits two, five and 10 Year Multiple Entry Visas to 205 (Rs 26,650); all Students Visas and student dependent applications have been increased to 99 (Rs 12,870). Employment Visas eg Permit free employment are now at 205 (Rs 26,650).

Hafsa students protest outside Zardari House
Islamabad: Dozens of female students of Jamia Hafsa protested outside Zardari House here on Monday, and demanded the release of Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz.

Led by human rights activist Khalid Khawaja, the students carried placards and banners inscribed with slogans against President Pervez Musharraf, and called for the immediate release of Maulana Aziz. The security around Zardari House was tightened ahead of the protest, as a heavy contingent of police was deployed there.

Khawaja went to Zardari House but failed to meet Asif Ali Zardari, the co-chairman of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), and handed over the demands of the protesters to party officials. The students demanded the reconstruction of Jamia Hafsa in accordance with a judgment given by the Supreme Court. The students refused to end their protest unless Zardari met them. However, they ended the protest after PPP leaders Fauzia Wahab and Zamurd Khan assured them that their demands would be conveyed to the co-chairman. Daily Times
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