Fleetwood Today : Pakistanis held in terror raids to fly home

Friday, August 21, 2009

Pakistanis held in terror raids to fly home

August 21, 2009

Two Pakistani students arrested in a major anti-terror operation in the north west are to fly home after deciding to leave the UK voluntarily.

Abdul Khan, 26, and Shoaib Khan, 27, were among 12 people arrested by police in April as part of Operation Pathway.

They were never charged but remained in custody as the Home Office attempted to deport them on the grounds they were a threat to national security.

Their appeal against deportation was due to be heard by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in March.

But after they were denied bail last month, the men decided to drop the appeal and return to Pakistan.

Their solicitor, Amjad Malik, said the men would leave on a Friday evening flight to Islamabad.

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