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D-Day arrives for asylum family in Keighley
5:00am Thursday 8th August 2013 in Keighley
A mother from Pakistan who converted from Islam to Christianity is today due to discover whether she and her young daughter can stay in the UK.
Ayesha Ali, who lives with five-year-old Dua in Ingrow, fears they could be persecuted if they return to their home country.
The Home Office deadline for them to prepare to leave their Keighley home and return to Pakistan was meant to expire today.
But Ayesha has 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: “I’m so proud of the people of Keighley for supporting Ayesha, I really am – I just wish the government would do as much.
“Many people have been very kind and she’s really appreciative of it.”
Ayesha must register at a government office in Leeds every few weeks, and was meant to be visiting the office again yesterday for the latest update, accompanied by a church member.