The Home Office is threatening to separate a Daventry couple only two years after they married by wanting to deport the husband back to Pakistan.
Sabina Fiaz, who lives with her husband Farrukh in The Severn, Daventry, warned Birmingham Immigration and Asylum Tribunal that she would be in danger if she went back to Pakistan with him because she holds a British passport.
“Life in Pakistan for women like me is not safe – I am much safer in this country,” said Mrs Fiaz, who used to be an interior designer.
Mrs Fiaz was speaking at the tribunal on behalf of her husband who came to the UK four years ago on a student visa which the Home Office said had expired.
Mr Fiaz is now unemployed while Mrs Fiaz works as a pizza deliverer.
Mr Fiaz was appealing against the Home Office decision to deport him.
Mrs Fiaz told the tribunal she was appealing to keep her husband in this country and save their marriage because she did not believe her husband should be deported.
The Home Office told tribunal judge Mr Ahmed Hussain that Mr Fiaz had a sister and a brother in Pakistan and that both he and his wife could live there.
“Mr Fiaz came to this country knowing that at some point he would be due to return home,” said the Home Office official.
“As for Mrs Fiaz she may have a British passport but she was born in Pakistan.”
“As a result the Home Office sees no reason to change its previous decision. Mrs Fiaz could go back to Pakistan with her husband.”
Mrs Fiaz, who came to live in the UK five years ago from Pakistan, said she held a British passport because her father had been British after living here since the 1960s.
“Pakistan is not safe for a woman like me,” she said.
“There is terrorism and discrimination against women. The men are in your face – they won’t let you work and it would be difficult for me to survive in the current situation.
“I feel much safer here – we have the freedom here we would not have in Pakistan. It is a different culture. We have created the life here we want to lead.”
Mr Hussian said he would make a decision at a later date.