Pakistani family allowed Australia entry to spend final days with dying CANCER patient

05:44 PM | 24 Dec, 2015
Pakistani family allowed Australia entry to spend final days with dying CANCER patient
ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) - The Australian government has granted visas to the mother and brother of a dying Pakistani student, after being severely criticised by the people.

Hassan Asif, a 25-year-old who came to Australia on a student visa, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and was told he has only a few weeks to live.

His mother and brother wanted to be with him in his final days but they were refused visas, as they were considered at risk of overstaying. The decision sparked an outcry with the Melbourne City Mission homeless refuge, which is caring for Asif, urging Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to "show some compassion".

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT GRANTS HASSAN'S DYING WISH: As the community organisation caring for Hassan Asif, we welcome the...

Posted by Melbourne City Mission on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"Hassan faces a lonely death as immigration department refuse mum's visa," it said on its Facebook page. "We urge Peter Dutton to intervene and reunite Hassan with his family one last time."


Hassan faces a lonely death as Immigration Department refuse mum's visa. We urge Peter Dutton to intervene and reunite Hassan with his family one last time.

Posted by Melbourne City Mission on Monday, December 21, 2015

The Labour opposition demanded Dutton "sort out this bureaucratic bungle".

"On the face of it, it seems a cruel and callous decision to refuse his Pakistani-based mother and brother a visa to visit Asif," said shadow immigration minister Richard Marles. "This appears to be a disgraceful and heartless decision."

The immigration minister, holding a press conference yesterday, said it was the "right decision" to refuse the visas based on the information that was provided. But within half an hour he had changed his mind.

"I'd asked the post in Islamabad to have a look at the case, to ask for additional information. That's happened and the visas have been approved," he told Sky News.

"I'm hopeful that they can arrive in Australia soon and spend some time with their terminally ill son and brother. I think that's what most Australians would expect."

Asif cried when he heard the news. "There were tears all round when his brother called Hassan, the family are thrilled and delighted to be able to come Australia," Melbourne City Mission's Sherri Bruinhout told Fairfax Media. "When we heard the news everyone was crying."


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 30, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 30, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 286.05 289.15
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353.3 357
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 80.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.75
Australian Dollar AUD 189 191
Bahrain Dinar BHD 778.84 786.84
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.24 40.64
Danish Krone DKK 41.83 42.23
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 945.27 954.27
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.58 176.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.31 770.31
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 323.01 325.51
Thai Bhat THB 8.12 8.27

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 30, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,600 on Saturday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 176,270. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 30 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Karachi PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Islamabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Peshawar PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Quetta PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sialkot PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Attock PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujranwala PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Jehlum PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Multan PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Bahawalpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujrat PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nawabshah PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Chakwal PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Hyderabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nowshehra PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sargodha PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Faisalabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Mirpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450


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