ISLAMABAD - Despite the directives for put an end to the activities of illegal visa agents, the moneymakers are still operating in stark defiance of government's orders, thus undermining the authority of government. TheNation has observed that fake visa agents are carrying on their illegal business in the posh areas of Islamabad including Blue Area, Ayub Market F-8 Markaz , G-9 and other sectors. Taking stern notice after the news published in TheNation against the fake visa dealers, dated August 10, 2008, the Chairman Senate's Standing Committee on Interior Senator Talha Mehmood has directed the concerned officials of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to adopt immediate measure for the eradication of the illegal business of fake visa selling. However, after the passage of three weeks, the unauthorised and unregistered visa agents can be seen conducting their illegal operations outside the premises of a well-reputed UK based visa Company. The local shopkeepers of the area told TheNation that after the issuance of instructions on the part of Senator Talha, some officials of FIA visited the area and vowed to initiate a crackdown against the illegal visa operators. However, it seems that the issue was "settled" between both the parties i.e. FIA officials and visa dealers, and as a result of some "negotiations" they were allowed to operate freely and fleece the customers the way the were practising in the past. It is appropriate to mention that these visa dealers are lacking proper offices, manpower and resources to perform the desired job efficiently. Most of them are entirely alien to legal procedure for visa pursuit and are operating in open air sans any proper set-up. They are charging around Rs 1000 to Rs 3000 for filling visa forms. Likewise, the consultants in Blue Area with lavish offices and decorated buildings are charging as many as Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 to serve the same purpose. In addition, several cases have been reported when the visa forms of the customers were rejected by the concerned embassies owing to the ignorance of their visa consultants to fill visa forms and fulfilment of other obligations. Majority of the visa applicants fell easy prey to these shrewd moneymakers since they are unable to make any head or tail of the technicalities that are involved in visa process. Moreover, the absence of counselling or any proper guidance to the applicants on the part of the foreign embassies was also multiplying the problems. "Without proper mechanism and strict monitoring, it's very difficult to eradicate the exploitation of common man on the part of visa sellers", said a FIA official wishing anonymity. Also, the locals of the area demanded of the Chairman Senate's Standing Committee on Interior Senator Talha Mehmood to make sure that his directives are implemented in true letter and spirits to put an end to illegal business of visa operators as early as possible.