Sydney, NSW 22nd Dec, 2015
Hassan Asif is 25 years old student, who came to Australia from Pakistan in 2014 to study in a Melbourne University.
He is suffering from a terminal/advanced Cancer and is under the care of Melbourne City Mission. He is reported to have only weeks to live.
Hassan has no family in Australia and has no community ties or connections.
He was keen to have his mother and brother to come to Australia to be with him, but their temporary Visa applications have been rejected.
From reports, Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) has encouraged them to submit fresh applications.
Reading the reports, his situation is saddening and heart-wrenching.
I believe that Hassan’s case deserves to be treated with compassion and kindness.
I am hopeful that Pakistani Australian community members and many others, including members of Indian Australian community, will come forward to raise funds for Hassan’s family members’ living expenses.
One good friend of mine, Sydney businessman, Kashif Amjad, responded to my Facebook post just now with “I will follow up with Australian Ambassador in Islamabad and ppl here. I will give my personal assurance if they come i will ensure they comply with all visa conditions.”
I urge my friends, especially Pakistani Australians, to come forward and help us persuade DIBP and Immigration Minister, The Hon Peter Dutton MP to treat this case with deserved compassion & kindness, and review the case. Family members can be asked to resubmit the applications.
Dr Yadu Singh