'Miracle' halts Christian's deportation

Fri 24 May 2019
By Marcus Jones

A Christian who feared persecution if he was deported to Pakistan is celebrating the reversal of the Home Office decision and giving thanks to God.  

Azeem Wazir's been given permission to stay in the UK for at least the next 30 months. In that time he hopes his appeal for permanent asylum will be approved.

He told Premier: "It is a miracle for me. I was talking to God and saying 'God I need a miracle',

"I'm very thankful to God, and all the people who signed my petition or prayed for me. All the churches and all the Christian community"



One of the first phone calls Mr Wazir made after his release was to the pastor at the Bristol Church which has led the campaign and helped to fund his legal team. "I was laughing and saying 'our God is alive'."

"It was like you can feel that you're in hell and now you're going to heaven. It was that situation."

Mr Wazir hopes to find a way that his wife and three children can join him in Britain. They're currently still living in Pakistan, but the family home has been attacked with stones by extremists.

"They throw stones. It is like a threat. This is the way, first they give you a sign."

But the Christian asylum seeker is critical of the way the Home Office makes decisions about deportation.

He says they don't understand the dangers church members face in Pakistan. "They don't know about the position of Christians in Pakistan.

"Why don't they do research about it. Why don't they go and see what the reality is? They just do paperwork."

Over 16,000 people signed an online petition and Premier listeners were among the Christians who responded to Mr. Wazir's requests for prayer.

"I'm very thankful to God, and all the people who signed my petition or prayed for me. All the churches and all the Christian community"

In a statement to Premier, a Home Office spokesperson said: “We do not routinely comment on individual cases.”

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