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Teen asylum seeker gets six As despite deportation fears

Somer Umeed Bakhsh's family fled Pakistan in 2012 after their father received death threats.

Dedicated: Somer (l) with brother Areeb and Rev Susan Brown.
Dedicated: Somer (l) with brother Areeb and Rev Susan Brown. Church of Scotland

A teenage asylum seeker has excelled in his exams despite living under the threat of deportation to Pakistan.

Somer Umeed Bakhsh thanked his teachers after getting six As and a B in his National 5 exams at Springburn Academy in Glasgow.

The 15-year-old and his brother Areeb, 13, have lived in Glasgow with their parents Maqsood and Parveen since their family fled Pakistan in 2012 when their father was subjected to death threats due to his Christian faith.

Blasphemy carries the death penalty in Pakistan, but the UK Government has repeatedly rejected the family's plea for asylum saying they would not be at risk in the country.

'I want to thank God who helped me to stay focused on my studies in the midst of these tough times.'
Somer Umeed Bakhsh

More than 80,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Home Office not to deport the family.

Somer, who wants to be an astrophysicist, said: "I'm extremely pleased by my exam results.

"I want to thank my primary school teachers who provided me with a strong foundation and my secondary school teachers who put in the hard work and taught me.

"I am also very thankful for my parents who, despite the stressful situation, always encouraged and supported me.

"Above all, I want to thank God who helped me to stay focused on my studies in the midst of these tough times."

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Springburn Academy head teacher Linda Hamilton said: "We are absolutely delighted. He has worked very, very hard and he deserves the excellent results that he has got."

The Church of Scotland is supporting the family while they fight to stay in Scotland.

Minister Rev Linda Pollock said: "Somer is very happy with his results and his parents are very proud of what he has achieved despite the stress and uncertainty the whole family are living under.

"He is an extremely bright boy and very conscientious in everything he does.

'This is a 15-year-old boy in a middle of a traumatic situation and look at what he has achieved.'
Minister Rev Linda Pollock

"This is a 15-year-old boy in a middle of a traumatic situation and look at what he has achieved.

"I am very proud of him and these results are testament to his character.

"Just think of what this young man would be capable of in the future if he is allowed the chance to flourish in our country, which is his country.

"I hope that the Home Office will re-examine the family's case, stop treating them as numbers and acknowledge them as human beings because they have so much to give to Scotland."

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