London, Apr 12: In Pakistan, one could buy a set of documents such as degree certificates, income tax returns, and payslips which are necessary while applying for getting a student visa to study in Britain, for a mere 100 pounds.
This startling revelation was made by The Telegraph, which carried out an investigation following the arrest of 11 suspected Pakistani terrorists across Britain.
The investigation was carried out in three major cities Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Peshawar to ascertain how easy it was to obtain fake documents for the immigration purpose.
It was learnt that this whole 'bogus' business has acquired a dimension of 'cottage industry' across the country, facilitating an easy and illegal passage of Pakistanis to foreign countries specially to the UK.
The documents are so well designed and printed that it convinces British immigration officials without putting a question in their mind.
Even illiterates can have an easy access to these papers to apply for student visas, it was disclosed.
The self-styled 'immigration consultants' in Pakistan have become huge money churning usiness.
"It is a roaring business," a consultant at International Centre for Study Exchange (ICSE) Siddiqa Awan told the newspaper.
"On average we process the applications of nearly 100 students for the UK alone every month," Awan added.
Furthermore, it was also learnt that these consultants used same bills for several applicants to prove that the candidates have the cash to come to Britain.