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Don’t Send Us Back, Pakistani Girls Appeal

By Easwaran Rutnam

Two Pakistani girls, who fled from the Mirihana detention center, have made an appeal for protection saying they face grave danger if deported to Pakistan.

Sadia Khan and her 11 year old sister Amala Khan said they, together with their mother, are now in hiding in Sri Lanka fearing arrest and deportation.

Both girls contacted The Sunday Leader and spoke of their ordeal since arriving in Sri Lanka and after they fled from the Mirihana detention center.

While the The Sunday Leader is unable to verify their claims, the two girls say their passports are with the Immigration officials and that they had also approached the US Embassy in Colombo for help, but to no avail.

Sadia Khan, who had contacted the The Sunday Leader on an earlier occasion as well, said that she had been a target of Pakistani officials after she continued to write against the Pakistani military on her blog and about terrorism in Pakistan. Khan, whose father is not alive, had also converted to Christianity together with her mother and sister.

Fearing for their lives in Pakistan they had arrived in Sri Lanka in January 2012 and sought to register with the UNHCR. However Khan claims that while their appeal for asylum was pending, they were arrested in March this year and placed at the Mirihana detention center.

They however fled on April 9 fearing they will be deported to Pakistan and have been in hiding since. Sadia Khan later made an appeal through her blog for help from President Mahinda Rajapaksa on humanitarian grounds.

The Immigration and Emigration Department had confirmed last month that some Pakistanis had fled from the center.

2 Comments for “Don’t Send Us Back, Pakistani Girls Appeal”

  1. Joseph

    Sri lankan authorities should return their Passports and UNHCR must protect them with immediate effect. Sri Lanka stands at number 8 in women`s Rights consideration. It`s not understandable that these girls are not being taken care of.

  2. Candy

    How come USA turned her away, How come Sri lankan Immigration took her passports away. It is so unsafe for girls to live in such insecure atmosphere. God know whats going on :(

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