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He was happy and relieved and shocked – it was a lot to go through in one day.
“We don’t know the name of the pilot but there are so many people who would like to thank him.” Mr Bigzad’s cousin, a British citizen who also lives in Margate, said his family hopes to use the delay to gather more evidence for a new asylum claim.
” Ms Chapman said campaigners would repeat their efforts if the Home Office seeks to put Mr Bigzad on another commercial flight.
“We don’t know what made the difference – the piece in the social media campaign, if it was a passenger speaking to staff…but something somehow got through to that pilot and I would kiss him if I could,” she added.
There has also been heavy criticism over the plight of Afghan military interpreters who have been refused asylum despite being targeted by the Taliban because of their “collusion” with British forces.
Ms Chapman said Mr Bigzad was “clearly in danger”, adding that his deportation followed a series of controversial asylum decisions on Afghans.Flights resumed last year after the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Theresa May, then the Home Secretary, and declared the Afghan capital safe for returns – despite the Foreign Office advising against “all but essential travel” to the city for Brits.A spokesperson for the Home Office said they could not comment on individual cases but insisted all asylum claims were carefully considered on their merits.“There’s a real push to deport people and specifically around Afghans, they seem to be particularly harsh,” she added.“How can it be safe to return asylum seekers to Afghanistan despite the fact the advice for tourists is not to go?“People who come from a safe country don’t have issues when they come here for work, I don’t understand it.