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Keighley asylum bid family still facing uncertain future
8:00pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A mother who converted from Islam to Christianity still faces a frustratingly uncertain future following her appeal for asylum.
Ayesha Ali, who lives with five-year-old Dua in Ingrow, fears they could both be persecuted if they return to their home country of Pakistan.
The Home Office deadline for them to prepare to leave their Keighley home and return to Pakistan was meant to expire last Thursday.
But Ayesha submitted a final bid for asylum on behalf of her daughter, who attends Ingrow Primary School. She has gathered hundreds of signatures from Keighley supporters, backed by fellow Ingrow St John’s Church member and sponsor, Kathryn Foster.
Mrs Foster said Ayesha attended a mandatory registration appointment in Leeds last Wednesday but was not given any further information on her current asylum status.
She added: “Ayesha was given another card for eight weeks of money to live on.
“The worst thing is she and her daughter are living on their nerves all the time because no one is being up-front. It’s all very enigmatic and very difficult to find out what’s happening.”