On Tuesday night the government deported Majid Ali, a student at Glasgow Central College. Despite a campaign to stop his extradition, Ali has been sent to his home country Pakistan, where activists and SNP MP Chris Stephens say he’s in danger of “physical harm, and even death”. Sadly, Ali’s case is one of many: people seeking asylum in the UK are, all too often, treated with contempt.
Ali comes from Balochistan, one of four provinces in Pakistan. In this region – Pakistan’s largest, which is also mineral rich – there’s an ongoing conflict between Baloch nationalists and the government. The nationalists’ cause is centred on a demand for autonomy (and, for many, independence) and for more control over resources. Human Rights Watch have reported that suspected militants and activists have been forcibly disappeared by military and paramilitary forces in recent years. It’s thought Ali…
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