Azeem Wazir is the church cleaner at Woodlands Church & is due to be deported to Pakistan on the 10th May. As a Pakistani Catholic he was accused of 'dishonouring the religion of Islam, prophets, Quran and Muhammad' and a fatwah was placed against him because of his protests against the Blasphemy law and his involvement in the campaign 'Stop Killing Christians'. Azeem has been targeted by Islamic extremists in Pakistan and has left family and a prosperous lifestyle in 2015 in fear of his life. His wife who is still in Pakistan have continued to receive threats against Azim including unknown people firing weapons outside their home and stoning the building.
If Azeem is deported this week his family expect him to be incarcerated and charged with blasphemy which carries the death penalty. Azeem's own fear is that Islamic extremist networks will arrange for his murder.
Here in Bristol in the UK Azeem has proved himself a warm and loving member of the community and has served in local Church and community life. We believe the Home Office needs to take account of the serious persecution Azeem and people like him face at a time when (according to the report released this week by the Bishop of Truro) Christians are identified as the most persecuted group in the world today.
We ask for Azeem to be released from Colnbrook detention centre and given time to build a proper case for his right to remain in the U.K.
Please sign the petition to raise awareness of Azeem’s case & help him stay in the UK: https://www.change.org/p/https-www-sajidjavid-com-contact-stop-the-deportation-of-azeem-wazir