Saskatchewan writes letter for couple trying to get adopted son into Canada

Published: June 5, 2014


Picture 1 of 7

Ajjab Afridi (left) and Waheeda Afridi are shown in a handout photo. Afridi was proud when she became a Canadian citizen nearly a decade ago, but now feels only anger and frustration over a bureaucracy that she says has abandoned her and her adopted son overseas.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

THE CANADIAN PRESS

SASKATOON — The Saskatchewan government has signed a letter that says it does not object to a Saskatoon couple bringing their adopted son home from Pakistan.

Ashfaq and Waheeda Afridi have been trying to get Ajjab to Canada ever since he was born in 2010.

In 2012, after nearly two years of trying, Canada denied the couple’s application for a permanent residence application for their child.

Ottawa had since said the Afridi family would need a letter of non-objection from Saskatchewan to let Ajjab into the country.

Saskatchewan Social Services Minister June Draude says that letter has been forwarded to the federal government.

She says she hopes that means the Afridi family will soon be reunited.

Waheeda Afridi has been in Pakistan waiting to bring the boy to Saskatoon for 3 1/2 years.

Ajjab was born to her sister, who was widowed with six other children and hard-pressed to care for him. The Afridis, who are Canadian citizens, got paperwork done in Pakistan to assume guardianship of Ajjab in 2010.

Draude said she had been hesitant to sign the letter because it is meant for inter-country adoptions and the province believed this was a matter of guardianship. But the government got more information this week that assured it that signing the letter wouldn’t break Canadian adoption rules, she said.

“Every night I was thinking and praying so God accepted our prayer,” Ashfaq Afridi said with tears in his eyes.

He said he will throw a party when his wife and son come home.

Related stories:

(CKOM)

18:16ET 05-06-14

[+]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,



Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.

Featured

india tragedy

Rains trigger massive landslide in Indian village trapping over 150 people

MUNEEZA NAQVI THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI — Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India Wednesday, sweeping away…
Continue Reading »

Court conviction for deaths

Indian court convicts 10 people in 2004 primary school fire that killed 94 children

KATY DAIGLE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI — An Indian court convicted 10 people on Wednesday in a 2004 fire that tore through a thatched-roof…
Continue Reading »

Surrey

Surrey RCMP continue hunt for hit-and-run driver who struck a Sikh temple volunteer

TOM ZYTARUK SURREY NOW SURREY —  Surrey Mounties are still looking for the driver who ran down a Sikh temple volunteer in Newton last fall….
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Surrey

Surrey RCMP continue hunt for hit-and-run driver who struck a Sikh temple volunteer

TOM ZYTARUK SURREY NOW SURREY —  Surrey Mounties are still looking for the driver who ran down a Sikh temple volunteer in Newton last fall….
Continue Reading »

Merritt music festival

Headdresses banned from Merritt music festival out of respect to First Nations

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI An electronic music festival this B.C. Day long weekend in Merritt has banned native headdresses from its campgrounds. “Bass Coast Festival…
Continue Reading »

luxury brand market Vancouver

Asian tourists important for Vancouver’s high-end luxury retailers

SUSAN LAZARUK VANCOUVER DESI If you ever wandered by a high-end luxury retail outlet like Burberry or Tiffany’s and wondered who could afford thousands of…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

asdlkfjdal

‘I don’t get turned down by girls:’ Calgary man jailed after stalking university classmate

DARYL SLADE CALGARY HERALD A man who became infatuated with a woman in his university class last year then repeatedly stalked her has been jailed….
Continue Reading »

india flag2

Sporting fans disappointed as Indian flag depicted upside down in Commonwealth Games promotional video

VANCOUVER DESI India is already making headlines as the Commonwealth Games officially kick off in Glasgow – but not for sporting-related reasons. In an official…
Continue Reading »

INDIA_RAPE_PROTEST_217126232

Angry villagers mob alleged suspects after another girl found hanging from tree in India

KOUSHIK DUTTA HINDUSTAN TIMES A 7-year-old girl was found raped, murdered and hanging from a tree in West Bengal on Thursday, resurfacing horrific memories from…
Continue Reading »

525020624_213567324

Indian baby whose head swelled to three times its size smiling and laughing a year later (w/ photos)

VANCOUVER DESI A three-year-old girl in New Delhi who was given little chance of survival after her head swelled to three times its normal size…
Continue Reading »

An Indian private tutor was caught on CCTV camera brutally beating a child. YouTube screenshot

Private tutor who mercilessly beat child finally arrested in Kolkata

IANS Kolkata  – Private tutor Pooja Singh, who was caught on video brutally thrashing a three-and-a-half-year-old child in Kolkata, was finally arrested Friday, police said….
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Mahesh Bhatt

Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt fasts during Ramadan as a tribute to his mother

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS  Mumbai – Mahesh Bhatt observes fasts during Ramadan as a tribute to his late mother and says on Eid he looks…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood Bigg Boss

Salman Khan’s charitable organization to help 100 kids with heart condition

IANS Mumbai – Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has announced that his Being Human (BH) charitable organization will help “100 genuine patients” suffering from heart condition…
Continue Reading »

Kareena Kapoor Khan

Kareena Kapoor: “Bajrangi Baijaan” has nothing to do with my personal life

IANS Mumbai – Kareena Kapoor and Salman Khan’s next “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” is about a Brahmin girl and Muslim boy, but the former says that it…
Continue Reading »