The deportation of Pakistani Catholic Faisal Jahangir from Meissen seems inevitable. The Saxon Hardship Commission had examined a new application for him and would not deal with it further.
This was announced by the Saxon Commissioner for Foreigners and Chairman of the Hardship Commission, Geert Mackenroth (CDU), in Dresden on Thursday. "As a result, also due to the current decisions of the Saxon administrative courts on this matter, there are absolute grounds for exclusion under the Saxon Hardship Commission Ordinance for a Befang."Details of the facts would not be communicated for reasons of personal protection.
Pakistan is one of the countries with the strongest persecution of Christians in the world. Bishop Heinrich Timmerevers had asked Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) on Monday in a personal letter to suspend the deportation. He also visited Jahangir, who fled to Germany from Pakistan in 2008, in prison.
Married and well integrated
Last Tuesday, Jahangir was arrested by police officers during a regular appointment at the immigration office in Meissen and taken into custody pending deportation. The 41-year-old has reportedly been married to a German woman in a civil ceremony since November 2020. He has a regular job in the catering sector and is well integrated socially, according to the diocese.
After his arrest, Jahangir filed an urgent application for suspension of deportation measures with the Dresden Administrative Court through his lawyer, which was rejected the following day. In its reasoning, the court said the individual had the opportunity to reapply for family reunification after being deported from Pakistan.
According to Mackenroth, the case of Jahangir had already been brought before the Hardship Commission in 2016. In the consultation at that time, however, the necessary two-thirds majority had not been found to address a hardship request to the Saxon State Minister of the Interior.