THE UK Border Agency has been accused of embarrassing Scotland by refusing entry visas for a Pakistani business delegation and pipe band, reported BBC on Tuesday. About 30 members of Lahore Pipe Band will be unable to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. A trade delegation from the city, which is twinned with Glasgow, has also been refused visas. Hanzala Malik, executive member for Glasgow City Councils international affairs, said the move was 'ludicrous. It is understood that the UK Border Agency turned down visa applications for almost all of those applying for visits to Glasgow from three Pakistani groups. The majority of the members of the Lahore Pipe Band, who have taken part in the World Pipe Band Championships for the past four years, were refused entry. A delegation of business people and officials from Lahore was also turned down. Visa applications were also rejected from members of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Lahore District Government, who had been due to arrive in Glasgow for trade meetings. Malik, who represents the Hillhead ward, said the decisions had damaged Scotlands reputation and Glasgow had lost out on valuable income. The situation is ludicrous and the applications being approved or turned down are simply not consistent. The city has lost out on important meetings and income as a result of this error. He added: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce had their applications refused despite the British High Commissioner in Islamabad saying he was glad the delegation was coming to Glasgow. The Naib Nazim of Lahore was the only member of the district government delegation who was allowed entry - even his wife was refused a visa. Its crazy. The pipe band has been here for four of the last championships. Why are they being stopped from coming this year - with all the goodwill and spending theyd have done here being lost to the city? The UK Border Agency has, so far, made no comment.