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Please help Rashida Yasmeen and her four sons

John O | 29.01.2009 07:36 | Migration | Social Struggles | Workers' Movements | Birmingham | World

Rashida Yasmeen and her sons Safeer (8), Zaheer (9), Mahmood (15), and Qadeer (21), all nationals of Pakistan and residents of Glasgow. Were 'captured' on Tuesday 27th January whilst signing at the Home Office reporting centre in Glasgow. They are now in Dungavel IRC and due to be forcibly removed from the UK on Pakistan International Airlines flight PK758 from London to Lahore at 20:00 on Tuesday 3rd February.

The family were previously detained and threatened with forcible removal as recently as August after their claim for asylum was refused. On that occasion they were released and the flight stopped when their lawyer successfully applied to the High Court for a judicial review of the decision to remove them.

Rashida and her sons arrived in the UK in 2007 after fleeing religious persecution in Pakistan. As Ahmadiyya Muslims, they were subject to death threats and were attacked at home by the extremist group Khadam-e-Nabuad, during which Mahmood was stabbed and Rashida's husband fled.

Prejudice against Ahmadis is widespread in Pakistan

John O
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