Publish Date: Oct 04, 2013
In the course of our immigration law practice, we have acted for a number of Pakistani Shi’as from Parachinar who claimed refugee status in Australia because they faced persecution in Pakistan from the Taliban.
The following case demonstrates the types of issues we have dealt with in the context of these claims.
The applicant on the way to Parachinar was stopped by the Taliban. They saw he was a Shi’a and imprisoned him for a week before he escaped.
Before this he had witnessed multiple suicide attacks by the Taliban in Parachinar targeting Shi’as close to his home in Pakistan. On another occasion his car was shot at by the Taliban and he barely escaped.
The applicant knew no one outside of Parachinar and would have faced difficulty finding a house or a job in Pakistan. He came to Australia in an effort to escape the Taliban.
The tribunal accepted that there are attacks on Shi’a communities by the Taliban throughout Pakistan, including attacks on Ashura day processions. Available information tells us that the Taliban frequently target Shi’as in Parachinar and Kurram agency, making Pakistan unsafe for Shi’a Muslims.
The Tribunal accepted that as a Shi’a from Parachinar the applicant would face harm from the Taliban in Pakistan and was granted refugee status.
Australian Immigration law, and in particular refugee law, is highly technical and applicants for the various classes of visas which may be available for entry into Australia require skilful representation. Craddock Murray Neumann Immigration Lawyers has represented more than 5,000 visa applicants over the years and we have an extensive skill base and information resources to assist our clients.
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