What’s happening with the Afghan relocation legal challenges? – EIN Blog

Posted October 25th, 2023 in Afghanistan, asylum, government departments, immigration, news, Pakistan, refugees by sally

‘Under legal pressure, the UK government has reversed its policy requiring at-risk Afghans seeking relocation to the UK to first obtain suitable accommodation. This post outlines the background and provides an overview of the current legal challenges afoot.’

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EIN Blog, 24th October 2023

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MQM London member wins in Court of Appeal – EIN Blog

Posted August 18th, 2023 in appeals, asylum, government departments, immigration, news, Pakistan by sally

‘In a difficult case, Elisabeth Laing LJ allowed the appeal of “WAS” against the dismissal of his asylum claim by the Upper Tribunal owing to the fact that UTJ McWilliam “failed properly” to consider the factors relevant to WAS’s commitment to the notorious person of Altaf Hussain (founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement or “MQM”) and the effect on risk to him from the Pakistani authorities applying the historic judgment in HJ (Iran) v SSHD [2010] UKSC 31. The appeal was also allowed on the basis that the UT’s findings were contrary to the FTT’s preserved findings and contrary to the UT’s own conclusions. WAS entered the UK in June 2012 as student. In December 2015 he made an application for further leave to remain (as the spouse of a British citizen) which was refused in 2016. He then made a protection claim in October 2017 on the basis of his actual or perceived political opinion. He said that he was a member of the MQM, an opposition movement in Pakistan. The protection claim was refused in April 2018. The FTT dismissed his appeal in June 2018 and found that he was an active member of MQM in Pakistan for about 3 years from 2009 to 2012 and that his father is an active supporter of MQM. The FTT said that his credibility was damaged by the fact that he had not claimed asylum until October 2017 in circumstances where his political affiliations had not changed.’

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EIN Blog, 17th August 2023

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Grooming gangs and ethnicity: What does the evidence say? – BBC News

‘The prime minister says victims of grooming gangs have been ignored because of political correctness.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2023

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Rochdale grooming gang members to be deported to Pakistan – The Guardian

‘Two members of a Rochdale grooming gang are to be deported to Pakistan after losing a seven-year legal fight to remain in Britain.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2022

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Case Preview: Unger and Anor (in substitution for Hasan) v Ul-Hasan (deceased) and Anor – UKSC Blog

‘In this post, Grant Arnold, a paralegal in the litigation team at CMS, previews the decision awaited from the Supreme Court in Unger and Anor (in substitution for Hasan) v Ul-Hasan (deceased) and Anor.’

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UKSC Blog, 17th October 2022

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Priti Patel signs landmark returns deal with Pakistan – Home Office

Posted August 19th, 2022 in criminal justice, deportation, government departments, immigration, news, Pakistan by tracey

‘New agreement to remove Pakistani nationals with no legal right to remain in the UK, including criminals, failed asylum seekers and immigration offenders.’

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Home Office, 17th August 2022

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Dual national Pakistani killer who renounced British citizenship loses deportation battle in Court of Appeal – EIN Blog

‘Zulfiqar v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWCA Civ 492 (14 April 2022). In this important judgment on deportation, dual nationality, foreign criminals, executive powers and duties, proportionality, public interest and the right to respect for private and family life, the Court of Appeal has unanimously held that a person’s status as a foreign criminal status within the meaning of section 32 of the UK Borders Act 2007 and section 117C of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 has to be determined at the date of the decision to make a deportation order.’

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EIN Blog, 13th May 2022

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Fight against grooming gangs hindered by fear of being branded racist, says official – The Independent

Posted February 7th, 2022 in child abuse, children, inquiries, Islam, news, Pakistan, racism, sexual grooming, sexual offences by tracey

‘The fight against grooming gangs is still being hampered by authorities’ fears that they could be called racist for documenting abusers’ ethnicity, an official has said.’

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The Independent, 6th January 2022

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Case Comment: Pakistan International Airline Corporation v Times Travel (UK) Ltd [2021] UKSC 40 – UKSC Blog

Posted October 28th, 2021 in airlines, appeals, duress, news, Pakistan, Supreme Court by sally

‘In this post, Stephanie Cheung, Mitchell Abbott and Jana Blahova of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, comment on the decision handed down by the UK Supreme Court in Pakistan International Airline Corporation v Times Travel (UK) Ltd [2021] UKSC 40 and consider how the decision impacts on the doctrine of lawful economic duress.’

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UKSC Blog, 26th October 2021

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Financial Remedy Update, October 2021 – Family Law Week

‘Stephanie Hawthorn, associate, and Robert Jackson, trainee solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP, consider the important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during September 2021.’

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Family Law Week, 8th October 2021

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Grooming gangs come from ‘diverse backgrounds’, says Home Office as review finally published – The Independent

‘Grooming gangs come from “diverse backgrounds”, a Home Office review has concluded. The research, originally promised by Sajid Javid in 2018, was published on Tuesday following a government U-turn. The Home Office previously said releasing the paper would not be in the “public interest”, in response to a Freedom of Information request by The Independent, but committed to making it public after a petition signed by more than 130,000 people.’
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The Independent, 15th December 2020

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High Commissioner for Pakistan in the United Kingdom v Prince Muffakham Jah and Others [2019] – Blackstone Chambers

‘The High Court has determined a £35 million partition era dispute between India, Pakistan and successors in title to 7th Nizam of Hyderabad. Claims of Pakistan dismissed; claims of India, Prince Muffakham Jah and Prince Mukarram Jah upheld.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 2nd October 2019

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Regina (Khan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Regina (Khan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 424

‘The claimant, a national of Pakistan, had limited leave to remain in the United Kingdom. A few days before the expiry of his leave he applied for an extension of his period of leave. The Secretary of State rejected that application on the grounds that it had not been accompanied by the required fee. Since the claimant had no right of appeal against this rejection, he submitted a renewed application accompanied by the required fee. The Secretary of State refused that application on the merits, informing the claimant that he had no right of appeal against her refusal since his renewed application had been made at a time when he had no leave to remain. The claimant sought judicial review of the Secretary of State’s determination that he had no right of appeal, contending that he had had leave to remain at the time of making his renewed application since his leave had been automatically extended pursuant to section 3C of the Immigration Act 1971 when he made his original application for an extension, and was still continuing. The claimant was granted permission to proceed with his claim, but at the full hearing the Upper Tribunal dismissed the claim on the basis that the claimant had an alternative remedy in the form of an appeal to the First-tier Tribunal.’

WLR Daily, 8th June 2017

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Judge hits out at border controls after alleged mastermind of Britain’s biggest ever banking fraud flees despite no passport – Daily Telegraph

‘A judge has hit out at UK border controls after a tycoon suspected of masterminding Britain’s biggest ever banking fraud was able to flee to Pakistan despite having no passport and whilst wearing an electronic tag.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th June 2017

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Rapist who fled to Pakistan is jailed for nine years – BBC News

Posted May 22nd, 2017 in fugitive offenders, news, Pakistan, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who fled to Pakistan after raping a teenage girl has been jailed after he was caught trying to return to the UK.’

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BBC News, 21st May 2017

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First man extradited from Pakistan for over a decade jailed for two murders – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 10th, 2017 in extradition, murder, news, Pakistan, sentencing by tracey

‘The first man to be extradited to the UK from Pakistan since 2005 has today (8 February) been jailed for life over the murders of two men in Bradford.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 8th February 2017

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Secret court hearing to rule on Foreign Office’s evaluation of human rights – The Guardian

‘A three-year battle by the Foreign Office (FCO) to keep secret how diplomatic issues colour its human rights decisions reached its climax on Thursday, in a court case that was itself largely held in secret at the insistence of the security services.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2016

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UK court convicts man of revenge killing in Pakistan – The Guardian

Posted July 29th, 2015 in domestic violence, murder, news, Pakistan by sally

‘An abusive husband has been convicted of gunning down his mother-in-law on her doorstep in Pakistan in a revenge killing after his wife left him.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2015

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Tax fraudster who built Buckingham Palace-style mansion ordered to pay back £2.2m – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 15th, 2015 in fraud, news, Pakistan, proceeds of crime, tax evasion by sally

‘Businessman Mohammed Suleman Khan – who built mansion in native Pakistan with UK taxpayers’ money – faces further 10 years in prison if he fails to hand over cash .’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th April 2015

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Family law in crisis – New Law Journal

‘Cuts to legal aid have thrown family proceedings into chaos, say Kim Beatson, Caroline Bowden & Ellen Lucas.’

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New Law Journal, 10th February 2014

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