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Father of deaf daughters calls for deportation order to be reversed

 Mohammad Basharat, with  Samia (12) and Fatima (9),  says the treatment his daughters require will not be accessible in Pakistan

The father of two deaf daughters has called on the Department of Justice to reverse his family’s deportation order on humanitarian grounds, warning that his children will not receive the healthcare they require if they are returned to Pakistan.

Mohammad Basharat and his wife, Sadia, were informed in September 2018 that their family would be deported to Pakistan despite medical advice that their daughters require specialist care for their hearing impairment.

Both Samia (12) and Fatima (9) were diagnosed before coming to Ireland with sensorineural hearing loss and use cochlear implants to hear. Mr Basharat says the treatment his daughters require will not be accessible in Pakistan. He also warns that they will struggle to communicate as they do not speak Urdu.

“They only learned English and they speak it fluently but their speech is delayed,” he told The Irish Times. “In Pakistan it would be a disaster because they will not be able to communicate. They will not be able to read, write or speak.”

The family arrived in Ireland four years ago after Mr Basharat’s brother, a UK citizen, moved to Oldcastle in Co Meath and bought a takeaway. Mr Basharat had been living in the UK where he was awaiting a decision on his appeal for a work permit after his initial application was rejected.

His wife and children followed him in 2011 after it became clear that his daughters needed specialist care and were fitted with cochlear implants in the UK. In 2015 the family moved to Ireland as dependents of Mr Basharat’s brother under their treaty rights as family members of an EU national and were given a temporary stamp to remain.

However, their application was eventually refused on the basis that the family did not meet the criteria as dependents of an EU citizen. In the interim, Samia gave birth to her fourth child, a son named Mohammad.