Category Archives: Pakistan

Terror trio triumphant in citizenship deprivation appeal

In C3, C4 and C7 v SSHD, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) agreed with the point that C3, C4 and C7 had no other nationality other than that of the UK and so the SSHD was not able to … Continue reading

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Refusal of ILR but grant of leave means no right of appeal

R (M Aleem Mujahid) v First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) [2021] EWCA Civ 449 (31 March 2021) These proceedings turned on the question where a person who is in the UK makes an application for indefinite leave to … Continue reading

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Upper Tribunal: Tanveer Ahmed remains good law

QC (verification of documents; Mibanga duty) [2021] UKUT 33 (IAC) (12 January 2021) In a panel consisting of President Lane and Vice President Ockelton, the Upper Tribunal has held as to verification of documents that the case of Tanveer Ahmed … Continue reading

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Procedural fairness: ECO must put suspicions of dishonesty to applicant before refusal says Court of Appeal

R (Wahid) v Entry Clearance Officer [2021] EWCA Civ 346 (25 February 2021)  Following the approach in Balajigari v SSHD [2019] EWCA Civ 673 (discussed here), the Court of Appeal has held that it is arguable that procedural fairness required … Continue reading

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SSHD succeeds against BNO in Court of Appeal

The Secretary of State for the Home Department v Tariq [2021] EWCA Civ 378 (16 March 2021)  In these proceedings the Court of Appeal held that Helen Mountfield QC, sitting as as a Deputy High Court Judge of the Administrative … Continue reading

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Appendix FM: SSHD cannot push parent into partner route

R (Khattak) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (“eligible to apply” – LTR – “partner”) [2021] UKUT 63 (IAC) (23 February 2021 Granting judicial review, the UT has held that an applicant is “eligible to apply for leave to … Continue reading

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Procedural fairness fails entrepreneur in Court of Appeal

R (Taj) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWCA Civ 19 (20 January 2021)  Genuineness of intention is a key part of obtaining a visa to the UK. This appeal related to the closed (in March 2019) Tier … Continue reading

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Pakistani criminal who renounced British citizenship loses deportation appeal

Zulfiqar (‘Foreign criminal’: British citizen) [2020] UKUT 312 (IAC) (11 September 2020)  The Upper Tribunal has found that the meaning of “foreign criminal” is not consistent over the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 and the UK Borders Act 2007. … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal rebukes poor drafting of Immigration Rules

Hoque & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1357 (22 October 2020) The Court of Appeal has deeply criticised the “labyrinthine structure” and “idiosyncratic drafting” of the the Immigration Rules and “the confused language … Continue reading

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Pakistan and Child Abduction: Lahore High Court holds ‘Hague Convention is not an extradition treaty’

Pakistan is notorious for child abduction. In the case of Sumayyah Moses v SHO and Others (Writ Petition No. 74048 of 2019) PLD 2020 Lahore 716, the Lahore High Court explained that the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International … Continue reading

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Lahore High Court ruling on Pakistan and Child Abduction

In Abid Hussain (Petitioner) v Rukhsana Munir and others (Respondents) 2020 YLR 1533 Lahore, Miss Aalia Neelum J directed Pakistan’s police authorities to produce two Dutch girls of Pakistani origin, who had been abducted by their own mother and then taken … Continue reading

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Lahore High Court ruling on forced conversion to Islam

In Nasira v Judicial Magistrate and 5 others Writ Petition No. 45156 of 2019/PLD 2020 Lahore 489, the Lahore High Court granted a petition under Article 199 of the Constitution of Pakistan 1973 by a Christian woman called Nasira where she sought … Continue reading

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High Court of Sindh on Pakistan and the Hague Convention

The case of Mst Farhat (Petitioner) v Umair Hanif Ghanchi and Others (Respondents) 2019 CLC 1311 Sindh is an early example of the High Court of Sindh grappling with the issues connected to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal clarifies asylum bars in child abduction cases

G (A Child: Child Abduction) [2020] EWCA Civ 1185 (15 September 2020)  The Court of Appeal has held that Lieven J (the High Court Judge) had been wrong to stay proceedings on the basis that there was a bar to … Continue reading

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Principles and practice of adoption law in Pakistan

Pakistan is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption 1993 and adopting a child in Pakistan is a long, difficult, and legally-complex process. Observably, the Guardians and Wards Act 1890 governs … Continue reading

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How do Pakistani courts approach child abduction cases?

What can be said about the approach taken by the Pakistani courts in child abduction cases? Little is known about this topic and of course since Pakistan is a new entrant to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of … Continue reading

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US accepts Pakistan’s accession to the Hague Convention

On 22 December 2016, Pakistan deposited its instrument of accession in relation to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction 1980. This made Pakistan the 96th Contracting State to the Convention which entered into force for Pakistan … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal on Nikah and non-qualifying ceremonies

HM Attorney General v Akhter & Ors [2020] EWCA Civ 122 (14 February 2020)  This was an important judgment which was given earlier in the year. The Court of Appeal held that an Islamic ceremony of marriage which was not … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal refuses to reopen paragraph 322(5) appeal

R (Akram) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1072 (12 August 2020) The Court of Appeal has refused to reopen the appeal of a Pakistani Tier 1 (General) Migrant who had been refused indefinite leave … Continue reading

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Tribunal’s guidance on paragraph 322(5) and accountants

Ashfaq (Balajigari: appeals) [2020] UKUT 226 (IAC) (17 June 2020)  In relation to paragraph 322(5), Ockelton VP has found that (i) if the SSHD’s decision of the carries a right of appeal, the availability of the appeal process corrects the defects … Continue reading

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