Refugee praised as ‘inspirational’ by BBC deemed inadmissible to Canada: Toronto Star

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 28 (APP): A refugee named by the BBC as one of the world’s 100 most “inspirational and influential” women in 2016 has had her asylum claim suspended by Ottawa because of her activism, according to a report carried by Toronto Star – a Canadian newspaper.
According to the report, Karima Mehrab was recognized by the British Broadcasting Corporation for her “campaigns for independence for Balochistan,” an area that had been under the British rule until 1947 and was later acceded to Pakistan as one of the country’s four provinces.
Mehrab is facing an inadmissibility order by the Canada Border Services Agency because of the group’s involvement in “subversion” against the Pakistani government. Her asylum claim has been put on hold pending the outcome of an inadmissibility hearing by a refugee board tribunal in early 2017, the report added.
The Baloch Students Organization is banned by Islamabad but it is not among the terrorist entities listed by the Canadian government. Mehrab was scheduled to go forward with her refugee hearing in late October.
“I feared for my life and the danger to my life was increasing daily. I am thankful to the Canadian government officials that they helped me and a few of my other colleagues to move to this free country,” Mehrab said in her asylum claim.
In their order, Canadian border officials said Mehrab is inadmissible on security grounds for being a member of an organization that engages, has engaged or will engage in an “act of subversion against a democratic government” as “understood in Canada,” the newspaper report said.
Nadeem Kiani, press minister at Pakistan’s high commission in Ottawa, termed Mehrab’s allegations as unfounded.
“We have a democratic government. We have a free, vibrant press in Pakistan. We have not heard these (accusations) in Pakistan,” Kiani told the Star.
He said, “It is unfortunate that these people seek asylum in Canada on the grounds of atrocities. They are just not true. There are no such situations.”
The BBC is simply misguided when naming Mehrab as “inspirational and influential,” Nadeem Kiani added.