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Last Updated: Monday, 6 December, 2004, 16:07 GMT
Palace guest facing deportation
Farhat Khan
Farhat Khan says she fled domestic violence in Pakistan
A woman who has been refused asylum and could be deported has been invited to Buckingham Palace by the Queen.

Farhat Khan fled Pakistan, telling the authorities that she and her children were in danger from domestic violence.

Mrs Khan is an advice worker in Manchester and has been invited to the palace to honour her contribution to "national life".

Mrs Khan, who works in a Cheetham Hill advice centre, said she was honoured, but "confused" by the invitation.

She told BBC News: "I just don't understand how one part of the establishment can recognise your work and the other part of the establishment is saying 'you are not good enough to stay here'.

"They are even doubting your credibility."

Invitation from Buckingham Palace
Farhat Khan plans to ask the Queen about her asylum problems
Just a day before receiving the invite, Mrs Khan and her children were in a Salford Home Office reporting centre.

Officials told them they were starting the removal process to deport them back to Pakistan.

Mrs Khan has now made a fresh application.

The Home Office says it will not comment on individual cases.

'Absurd'

It says there is an application process including the right to appeal decisions and it does not remove people while the process is ongoing.

Local MP Graham Stringer has condemned the threat of Mrs Khan's deportation as "absurd".

He said: "I have no doubt that anyone with Mrs Khan's credentials should be allowed to stay in this country."

Mrs Khan says she plans to ask the Queen about her asylum issues at the palace event on Tuesday night.


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