Ill OAP can stay in UK until 2019

Reporter: Iram Ramzan
Date published: 11 November 2016

A SEVERELY ill widower who has been battling a home office order to be deported back to Pakistan has been granted limited leave to remain in the UK.

The Chronicle reported in April how Hakeem Muhammad Haleem's application to stay in the UK was refused by a court in London two years ago and a bid to appeal rejected.

The Home Office served a notice confirming he was liable to be removed.

His son Muhammed Nadeem (46) had insisted that his father (77) would have no-one to look after him if he returned to Pakistan.

Mr Haleem has been authorised temporary admission to the UK until 2019, subject to his residing at his son's address and reporting to a Home Office centre in Salford.

He failed to report to the centre in March and has another chance on June 23, or faces being detained.

Mr Nadeem says his father, who is mostly bed-ridden, has difficulty being taken anywhere and has offered to go in his place, but the centre has refused this.

Mr Nadeem, who works at Manchester Academy and does night shifts in a factory, said he had to take Mr Haleem to hospital a few days ago, after spotting blood in his vomit. The hospital said it was an infection and discharged him on the day.

He said: "The decision is not that good but it's better than nothing. We have been tense for a while. We thought anything could happen to him. We have been so depressed.

"I want to thank the Chronicle, we are very happy to you for helping us."

Mr Haleem is being cared for by his son and daughter-in-law Mehwish Nadeem (26), in South Hill Street, Glodwick, along with their young daughter Manahal.

Mr Haleem - from Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province - came to the UK for a visit in October, 2010 with his wife Irshada Begum and Mrs Nadeem, who was then a new bride.

His wife's health worsened and she was unable to get treatment in the UK so returned to Pakistan in February, 2011, where she was told her diabetes was untreatable. She died in April, 2011.

Since then Mr Haleem was unable to return to Pakistan as he has mobility issues and health problems including dementia, Parkinson's disease and blindness in one eye.

He has also been a stroke victim and now uses a wheelchair.