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ICC Note: A 23-year-old Pakistani Christian woman was sexually harassed by a Pakistani embassy official while she tried to discuss her passport renewal options as asylum seeker in Thailand. The Pakistani embassy official invited her to a private meeting where he claimed to offer her passport renewal advices and made an inappropriate move toward her. She was eventually able to push him and escape. Embassy officials have threatened to abduct her or even kill her if she does not drop the charges against the embassy.   

09/25/2017 Thailand (Christians in Pakistan) – Pakistani Christian girl seeking asylum in Thailand has been facing harassment from the officials of Pakistani Embassy in Thailand. Details emerged that Pakistani embassy officials have threatened the victim 23-year-old, Maherwar Izhaq and her family whilst pressurizing her to withdraw her complain of sexual harassment by one of the embassy officers.

In line with British Pakistani Christian Association report, Pakistani Embassy is exerting pressure on Maherwar Izhaq and her family to refute her previous allegations that she was sexually harassed by Ayaz- an official from Pakistani Embassy. Pakistani embassy officials are allegedly threatening marooned Pakistani Christian family of deportation and abduction and even killing of Maherwar.

The embassy maintains that Maherwar has co-conspired with BPCA in order to find asylum in Thailand. Embassy officials are demanding Maherwar to produce a letter stating that her allegations were baseless. On the other hand, Pakistani Christian girl Maherwar maintains that Ayaz had tried to sexually exploit her when she had approached embassy for renewal of her passport.

The incident first surfaced when BPCA report on June 6, revealed On 6th June 2017 British Pakistani Christian Association revealed the despicable actions of Ayaz who occupies a senior position at the Pakistani Embassy. Ayaz is in charge of machine readable passport processing at the embassy. The incident took place when Maherwar visited the embassy for passport renewal.

Ayaz allegedly tried to seduce her later sexually harassing her in a meeting where she was deceptively called to discuss her passport renewal options. Ayaz told Maherwar that her passport could not be renewed as asylum seekers were not entitled for a passport renewal under law. He told her to meet him outside the embassy premises so that other possible ways could be discussed.

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