is very tragic indeed. Soon after leaving Petaro
in 2001, he decided to study engineering and was
admitted to a program at Karachi.
newspapers in Norway, Yawar got involved in
problems with other groups in Karachi at the
university. In the rivalries that ensued, Yawar
was caught by an opposite group who tortured
and intimidated him. He was also held by them against his
will. After his release, he had to receive
psychiatric treatment for trauma due to the violence
he had been exposed to.
Fearing for his
life, the family sent Yawar to Norway in August
2003 where he sought asylum. He moved to the
village of Isebakke in the municipality of Halden,
documents he submitted to the Norwegian
immigration authorities, he claimed that his
family belonged to the minority Ahmadiyah (Qadiani)
community which was targeted, and that is why he was in trouble in
Pakistan. Stating this to be the basis for his
application for asylum, he submitted documents and
letters from his family to try to prove his case.
Trygve Tveter filed the application on his behalf
claiming that his parents sent him to Norway for
his safety as they feared for his life. Due to
this, his education got interrupted.
While the case
was in progress with the Norwegian Directorate of
Immigration (UDI), he was receiving payments from
the government for his food and living expenses as
a potential refugee.
winter of 2003, his case was rejected by the
authorities which determined that he did not
qualify and he was asked to leave the country.
And in line with their new regulations, UDI
stopped all payments for food to Yawar on
1 March 2004. However, they let him keep his room,
pending action by the bailiff who would be
responsible for his eviction from the country.
meantime, his father at home in Pakistan was
desperate and did not want Yawar to come back home
again. He wrote to the Norwegian authorities to
reconsider the case and let Yawar stay. However,
this was not accepted.
With no money,
Yawar walked along the roads at night in search of
food. It was terrible to witness his state, says a
former employee at the UDI reception center at
Isebakke outside Halden, where the 19-year old
Yawar lived his last days.
month of March 2004, he would go out in search for
food with no money to buy. He became
increasingly ill out of hunger and nothing healthy
to eat. He hadn't eaten for many days. Many people
saw him walking along the streets of Halden in the
On 30 March,
one of the local newspapers (Dagbladet) wrote to
the UDI (immigration directorate) seeking help for
him and pointing that he should not be allowed to
starve to death. But there was no help
He was last
seen at the UDI reception on 5 April 2004. He
disappeared thereafter. His body was finally
found on 17 May 2004 at Isebakke. He had drowned.
There was nothing to indicate that any crime had
been committed, and the police concluded that it
was a case of suicide. No further investigations
were made and the case was closed. See
friends in Norway was an Iraqi by the name of Ali
who says that "Yawar was always polite and gentle,
but I knew he was hurting. When the government
stopped giving him money, he became ill. He never
got anything to eat." Ali says that he
wanted to help, but Yawar was too proud to ask
others for their food, and too nice to steal.
caused a scandal in Norway for the government
authorities. Many people - particularly those
belonging to the Left - questioned the
government's new position of refusing food and
shelter to people like Yawar as an inhumane
policy. Newspapers like Dagbladet condemned the
Christian People's Party government for its
policies on asylum which made people like Yawar
was transported back to Pakistan and buried at
Hyderabad. He was 19 years old when he died.
It was a sad
day indeed for our human values. We
Pakistanis drove him away, and the Norwegians
cared little for basic needs of this boy that led
to his starvation and death. We can only pray to
God to guide us to the right path.