LONDON: Britain launched fighter jets on Friday to escort a Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying 297 passengers from Lahore after it was diverted from Manchester, a spokesman for the Defence Ministry said.
Flight PK709 from the city of Lahore in Pakistan was due to land at Manchester Airport in north west England at 1230 GMT.
The plane was diverted to Stansted airport, east of central London, according to a Manchester Airport spokesman.
Essex Police, who are responsible for the area where Stansted is located, said an incident had occurred on a flight and they were investigating.
British security source says early indications are that the plane is not the subject of a terror attack. (watch Video)
LONDON (Dunya News):-Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief has directed his party workers to call off the schedule of protest rallies in all units and sectors till further order is issued in this regard.
According to sources, the party chief also has called the meeting of MQM’s workers of all units, sectors and organizational departments.
The meeting will be held at Lal Gila Ground Aziz Abad at 6 pm on Tuesday (today) in which party workers hailing from all sectors including KMOC Labour Division, Rabita Committee, KTC, Sindh Organizational Committee, Women Sector Karachi, APMSO, Medical ad Legal ad Committee, Punjabi Pakhtun Saraeki Organisation Committee, Minorities Committee and Ulma Committee would participate.
Later, the media would be made aware of the latest situation and comprehensive policy adopted by the MQM which is in troubled waters due to law and order situation in Karachi.
It is worth mentioning that the PTI leadership has held Altaf Hussain responsible for assassination of Sindh PTI vice president Zahra Hussain. MQM chief severely reacted against the Imran Khan’s statement, with the warning that the PTI should avoid to release such irresponsible statements without any justification.
Under such circumstances, Altaf Hussain is feeling pressure on the part of him; that is why he has become over conscious and decided to consult his party workers and advisors proper solution to come out of such critical situation.
London: Prominent news anchor Gharida Farooqi, who is currently associated with Samaa TV and hosting “60-minute”, is likely to join forth coming television Capital TV, sources told The News Tribe.
The Capital TV will be launched on March 23 under supervision of senior anchor and analyst Fahad Hussain.
It is to mention here that Hussain,Chief Operating Officer of Capital TV was also an head of Express News’ launching team.
It was earlier rumored that Gharida Farooqi, who gained prominence at Geo News, had jumped again, moving to Aab Tak.
However, reliable sources have told The News Tribe that she is moving the Capital TV, headquartered at Islamabad.
Currently Gharida Farooqi working as a host of Samaa TV’s 60 Minute, which is a fast paced current affairs program highlighting foremost issues of national interest, from interviews to serious debates.
With her tremendous news anchoring experience, Gharida Farooqi has been considered fast paced current affair anchor with good analytical skill.
LONDON: New immigration rules affecting marriage from overseas came into effect on Monday and it was clear that Pakistanis be the community hardest hit by these heavy-handed laws.
Every year, around 40,000 people come to the UK on marriages or spouse visas. The number of British Pakistanis going to Pakistan to get married has been increasing as the community here retains strong ties back home. Most of the spouses – men and women – from Pakistan come to the UK from Mirpur and Kotli districts in Azad Kashmir, followed by spouses from the Punjab province.
Of the average 40,000 who enter into the UK every year, the number of spouses coming from India tops every other nationality, followed by Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. Pakistani communities live in the most deprived areas, have the highest number of unemployment in some areas and many of them work in sectors where the salaries are so low that they will not enable them to meet the new Home Office requirements.
The key changes in the immigration rules set minimum income threshold at £18,600 for those who wish to sponsor the settlement of a spouse or partner in the UK. A higher threshold will be required for the additional sponsorship of migrant children under the age of 18: £22,400 for one child and an additional £2,400 for each further child sponsored before the migrant parent reaches settlement.
The new rules will take into account £16,000 and above for the sponsor from the UK but in certain cases savings in excess of £90,000 may be required. In a dreadful move, for entry clearance purposes, only the income of the UK partner will be taken into account and it will not matter how much the person in Pakistan is making from his/her
businesses or jobs.
The minimum probationary period has been increased from two years to five years before non-EEA (European Economic Area) spouses and partners can apply for settlement. The migrant spouses will be required to complete a five-year probationary period in the UK for settlement and it will not be considered if they have spent a few years together overseas.
A British national coming back to the UK and wanting to bring over a non-EEA wife and children will need to have a job or a “firm verifiable” job offer in place before consider applying for a visa for them.
From October this year, all applicants for settlement will have to pass the Life in the UK test in addition to an English language qualification at B1 level or above.
Speaking to The News, an immigration expert said the new rules are onerous and will not help an ailing UK economy.
Fariha Butt, a partner at Saracens Solicitors, told The News that the changes brought in by the Home Secretary are aimed at restricting net migration to Britain from 250,000 to “tens of thousands” but as a result of these new rules hundreds of British citizens will effectively be forced into exile from their own country for having a relationship with a non-European Economic Area national.
“As a result British Pakistanis, who number approximately more than a million in the UK, will be one of the hardest hit communities because of the number of people who go ‘back home’ to get married. Those who are to be married and those already married may now find it harder to marry a Pakistani national or anyone from outside the EEA or bring any dependents here to live together in the UK as a family unless they
satisfy the new rules”.
A Home Office spokesperson yesterday refused to answer questions on the adverse affects to migrant communities but referred to the statement of Home Secretary Theresa May in which she has stated that “family life must not be established here at the taxpayer’s expense.
“To play a full part in British life, family migrants must be able to integrate – that means they must speak our language and pay their way. This is fair to applicants, but also fair to the public.”