Thousands of young Pakistanis have entered Britain by applying for visas to study at sham colleges that issue fake diplomas and attendance records, the Times of London reports. Ten of the 12 men arrested last month when police busted an alleged al-Qaeda plot were enrolled at a bogus college; other terror suspects have been registered at a school with nearly 2,000 students but only three instructors.
Eleven colleges in London and northern England, all established in the last 5 years, are controlled by three young businessmen from Pakistan—one of whom recently fled the country. British police yesterday arrested a man associated with two of the schools who has been linked to two murders in Pakistan. Hundreds of the "students" are from the North West Frontier Province, the troubled region near Afghanistan seen as the heart of the insurgency.