Pakistani Christian Man Allowed to Stay in the UK for 30 Months After Outcry Over His Deportation

Azeem Wazir celebrates after being released from an immigration removal centre(Photo: Change.org)

A Pakistani Christian who was facing imminent deportation from the UK has been given leave to remain for the next 30 months.

The Home Office has come under pressure to grant asylum to Azeem Wazir, a Christian who fled Pakistan after campaigning against the country’s blasphemy laws.

His case made headlines when he was detained at the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre near London last month and told he would be deported in a matter of days.

The deportation was delayed following public outcry. A petition that called on Home Secretary Sajid Javid to stop the deportation was signed nearly 17,000 times.

News of his temporary leave to remain came after he was released from Colnbrook last week.

An update on Change.org said: “The Home Office have reviewed the risks to Azeem and have granted him (renewable) 30 month discretionary leave to remain.

“While not as absolute as granting asylum, it effectively guarantees he will not be deported and allows him to demonstrate his good character as a UK resident.

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SOURCE: Christian Today

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