PARVAIZ Akhtar Asim is a political refugee from Pakistan threatened with deportation. Parvaiz was president of the Aapka (socialist) group in the Punjabi district Jhellum, and deputy general secretary of the Aapka Punjab (socialist) group. He was also general secretary of the Jhellum journalists' union.
He suffered numerous attacks from the Punjabi government and religious groups for his socialist and human rights activity, and was imprisoned 28 times. He came to Leeds in February 1999 and is unable to return to Pakistan because of the risk to his safety.
His solicitors believe he has a good case, but a campaign is needed as his decision is still pending. Like all asylum seekers Parvaiz is deprived of benefits and is unable to work.
- For copies of a petition and trade union resolution in support of Parvaiz, and to send donations, contact Leeds City UNISON equality officer, c/o 160a Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9EN. Phone 0113 245 8442.