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#Injustice: UK to deport Pakistani Hazara Shia campaigner facing death threats

A prominent Pakistani minority rights campaigner who has faced numerous death threats is to be deported from the UK after the Home Office ruled that his life was not in danger if he is sent back to his home town of Quetta, Balochistan. 

Liaquat Ali Hazara, 36, runs the London-based Hazara United Movement (HUM), which campaigns for Pakistan’s long-persecuted Hazara Shia’s: a half-million strong community of Mongolian extraction who have been declared ‘heretics’ by the region’s extremist Sunni militant groups.

Hundreds of Hazara Shias have been targeted by Sunni Islamist groups such as Lashkar-e-Jhanvi since 2008.

Liaquat Ali launched HUM to highlight the plight of Hazara Shia’s after coming to London to study accountancy.  The group organized numerous demonstrations and ran a popular blog and even sparked a House of Commons debate on the situation in Balochistan earlier this year. 

HUM’s work was immediately noticed by militants in the region and he has received emails and letters threatening him.  That led to Liaquat Ali claiming asylum in the UK in September 2012, a claim that has now been rejected by the Home Office. 

According to reports the lawyer who handled his initial claim failed to submit documents detailing the threats faced by him and his family in Quetta whilst two follow-up reports submitted by human rights experts were rejected by the Home Office as insufficient to grant him asylum. 

He has also been refused a judicial review of the case and has been told he will be forcibly removed on 21 October.

“My life is genuinely in danger, and the Home Office is not listening,” Hazara says.  “My poor parents and wife live under continual threat and due to my political and human rights activities they have also contained their movements within the locality. 

“There are many who have become the targets of suicide bombings, targeted attacks and mass killings.  I would like to request Human Rights Groups to campaign for me and exert more meaningful pressure”, Hazara added.

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