Asylum household in plea to PM over fears of dying in Pakistan (News)

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The Bakhsh household fled Pakistan in 2012 and reside in Glasgow

A Christian man who has spent six years searching for asylum has appealed to the prime minister to permit him and his household to remain within the UK.

Maqsood Bakhsh fled Pakistan in 2012 along with his spouse and two sons after Islamic extremists threatened to kill him due to his non secular beliefs.

They now reside in Glasgow and concern their lives can be at risk in the event that they returned to Pakistan.

The Residence Workplace stated each asylum case was assessed on its particular person deserves.

It stated officers would contact the Bakhsh household to debate their circumstances after their case was highlighted by the Church of Scotland.

The catalyst for Mr Bakhsh leaving Pakistan along with his spouse Parveen, their sons Somer and Areebs – then aged 9 and 7 – was the homicide of two Christians shot exterior a court docket in Faisalabad in 2010.

Pastor Rashid Emmanuel, 32, and Sajid, 24, had been accused of writing a pamphlet crucial of the Prophet Muhammad that flouted Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy regulation, which carries the dying penalty.

Mr Bakhsh, 50, claims the individuals answerable for the deaths believed he was in league with the 2 males and would kill him and his household if that they had the prospect.

The Residence Workplace has rejected the household’s earlier asylum functions they usually have now been instructed they’ve exhausted the method and haven’t any proper to enchantment.

Nonetheless, they plan to launch a authorized problem.

‘My sons really feel secure right here’

Mr Bakhsh stated: “Prime Minister, please assist us as a result of I don’t perceive why the Residence Workplace hold rejecting us.

“They hold telling us that some elements of Pakistan are secure for Christians.

“It’s true that a lot of Christians reside in Pakistan however upon getting been focused by Islamic extremists who know your identify and your face, it’s not possible to reside.

“4 of my buddies have been killed by Islamic extremists and my sister-in-law’s brother is serving life in jail due to the blasphemy regulation.

“My nephew was kidnapped final month and nobody is aware of what has occurred to him.”

Mr Bakhsh, who was a commissioner on the Kirk’s Normal Meeting in 2017, labored as an information analyst in Pakistan and holds two masters levels, whereas his spouse is a skilled neo-natal midwife with 17 years expertise.

On account of their immigration standing each have been unable to work since arriving in Scotland and survive on advantages and charity.

Mr Bakhsh added: “We love this metropolis, my sons really feel Scottish and they’re thriving right here.

“They really feel secure, which is my largest concern, and need to stick with all their buddies – the one individuals they know – and get a very good schooling.”

Rev Linda Pollock, minister at Possilpark Parish Church the place Mr Bakhsh is an elder, stated their state of affairs was “unconscionable”.

She added: “I hope that the Residence Workplace will re-examine the household’s case, cease treating them as numbers and acknowledge them as human beings as a result of they’ve a lot to present to Scotland.”

The household’s MP, Labour’s Paul Sweeney, plans to boost the case within the Home of Commons.

A Residence Workplace spokeswoman stated: “The UK has a proud historical past of granting asylum to those that want our safety and each case is assessed on its particular person deserves.”

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