ISLAMABAD Despite the largest number of Pakistani nationals visa applications were turned down by the UK, the British High Commission, Islamabad on Thursday claimed that the UK had a fair visa policy for all. It is relevant to mention here that 41 percent visa applications of Pakistanis belonging to different walks of life were rejected by the UK during last year. Britain authorities are committed to provide a fair and robust visa service to all the applicants. Britain encourages and welcomes legitimate visitors to the UK. Currently, 10,000 Pakistani students are studying in different institutions of the UK and we welcome and value their contribution in our society, Rob Murphy, First Secretary Strategic Communications, British High Commission, Islamabad told TheNation on Thursday. When questioned by TheNation what has made the UK authorities to reject visa to 41 percent Pakistani applicants, majority of them were students and businessmen, whereas only 14 percent Indian visa applicants were rejected during 2009, Rob Murphy said the UK has a fair policy for all and it cannot change rules for Pakistan. Our visa policy is worldwide, applicants across the world whether in Bangladesh or Bolivia have to meet the same standard. We do not change the rules for Pakistan. Some visa applications do not meet the standard. We have to be fair, he said. According to the British Home Office Statistics, as quoted by the BBC, the second largest, 31 percent, after Pakistan were Bangladeshi visa applicants who were refused the visa while only 14 percent Indian visa applicants were refused during the last year. Contrary to the claim of officials of the British High Commission, Islamabad, critics say many genuine visa applicants were refused who intend to visit their relatives on special occasions such as weddings and funerals. Interestingly, the Britain authorities are facing severe criticism from their own member of the parliament. Sarah Teather blamed the UK Home Office of adopting discriminatory policy, however, the UK government denied the allegations.