Petition set up calling on Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to save Longford nurse from deportation

Vekash Manzoor Khokhar is a qualified ER nurse working voluntarily at a local nursing home

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Petition set up calling on Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to save Longford nurse from deportation

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and Vekash Manzoor Khokhar, a qualified ER nurse living in Longford, who is working voluntarily at a local nursing home

An online petition has been set up calling on Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to accept Vekash Manzoor Khokhar’s application for asylum and to not deport him to Pakistan. Vekash, a qualified ER nurse and talented dancer, is living in Longford.

Friends of ‘Vicky’, as he is known, have set up the petition, saying that he is ‘about to be needlessly deported from Ireland’.

Vekash arrived in Ireland from Pakistan in June 2015 seeking asylum.

Since then, he has volunteered for many activities in Longford, from the local samba band, the local church, St Mel’s Cathedral, St Mel’s Musical Society, the Attic Youth Cafe and dance projects, to voluntarily working five days a week at a local nursing home.

You can read more about Vekash in this ‘Irish Times’ article HERE

His original asylum application failed and those behind the petition say if Vekash is deported, he will be banned from Ireland for 10 years and imprisoned back in Pakistan.

“We have until August 27 to try and help Vicky stay or at least enable him to return voluntarily and avoid deportation, leaving him with a chance of coming back.”

They are asking for common sense to prevail and for Vicky to be granted permission to stay in Ireland, at least until his work permit is ready.

You can sign the petition HERE

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