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‘I will be killed’

Wednesday, 5th February, 2020 5:04pm

A Pakistani-born man living in Cork city says he will be killed back in his homeland if he’s deported next month.

Ali Mubashar, who is living in Direct Provision since 2015, is due to meet with immigration officials on 5 March having met with them twice since November 2019. On his last visit in January, he said that his fingerprints and photo were taken in order to prepare documents for his return to Pakistan.

Ali told the Cork Independent: “I have an honour kill against me in Pakistan and if returned to my homeland I will be killed. I am a grown man, 40 years old, and I cried so many times in the past number of years. I have a third signing date in March and this could be the end of my journey if I cannot get the help I need. I so desperately need to stop my deportation order.”

Ali said that he was born in 1980, his birth was not registered and his correct date of birth is not clear. He said: “I am one of three brothers and I have a younger sister. I was born into a poor family but with the love from both my parents, it was a happy home until a family feud that led me to flee from my loving family in fear of my life.

“This was not a simple argument with a relative. I was beaten with an iron bar that damaged my back. I was shot at and had to run in fear of my life with my brother. My older brother is disabled and there was no threat made against his life for this reason.”
Ali says that this relative has connections to the police and the government and will be informed if Ali is deported back to Pakistan. 
Ali continued: “From leaving my home in Pakistan, it took me a year to arrive in Dublin where I then sought asylum. I did not arrive in Dublin on an airplane with my suitcases. I travelled like others that flee their country in trucks and containers and in the dead of night across land and sea. I left my home on the 23 July 2014 and arrived in Dublin on 28 June 2015. Along the way I had to beg people for food and water. Shower and clean clothes were a luxury.”
He added: “I left Gujranwala on 23 July 2014 and made my way to Karachi where I stayed for about eight weeks while my family raised enough money to pay an agent to assist my departure from Pakistan. It was the agent that decided where the final stop would be, and it was only when I arrived was, I told that this was Ireland. On the journey, the agent had more clients and the group number grew. I will never know the cost incurred by my family in assisting me leaving Pakistan but a life is worth so much more than any amount of money.”
Ali said that when he arrived in Dublin, he felt like he had arrived in the “promised land”.
“When it was time for my agent to leave, I was given money to go and purchase a coffee for the agent. Little did I realise at the time that this was the way the agent would leave me and then I would be alone in Dublin without food, water or a bed to sleep in at night. He gave me €5 and the English word for coffee. I crossed the road to get the coffee and when I returned he was gone. I was 35 and didn’t have a word of English. For the first time in my life, I was alone with nowhere to go and no one to turn to for help. 
“I waited for a few hours, cold and hungry and wondered what to do when I saw a man and I approached him in the hope that he would understand my native tongue. This man spoke Urdu and I explained the position that I was in. The man said that it was time for prayer and ask me to go to mosque with him. I prayed that I would find the strength to understand that I now had a different life ahead of me. After praying the man explained where to go for help. This is the day I became a refugee.”
Ali spent 15 weeks living in Dublin in an asylum seeker centre before he transferred to Cork. 
“Once I reached Cork, I focused on my education where I learned English and I started volunteering in a charity store. It took a long time before I called Cork my home.”
Furthermore, a delay with his Section 49 form, which falls under the International Protection Act 2015, may cost Ali his future in Ireland. Ali is working on his case with a private solicitor and he and friends have written countless letters to the Department of Justice, TDs and senators, but to no avail. There’s also a petition with over one thousand signatures asking that Ali is not deported next month. Visit the petition at change.org. 
In a statement to the Cork Independent, The Department of Justice said: “For reasons of confidentiality, the Department cannot comment on individual immigration or asylum cases. In general, in any case where an applicant applies for international protection, each individual case is examined in detail and all available appeals processes are exhausted before a Deportation Order is made. This includes consideration of their private and family rights in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights and a refoulement consideration to ensure that the conditions in the relevant country of origin allow for their safe return. Furthermore all decisions are subject to review by the High Court. It is open to a person to make an application under S 3(11) of the Immigration Act to have a Deportation Order revoked based on new information or changed circumstances.”

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