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MENAFN - Arab News - 18/01/2014
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(MENAFN - Arab News) All the formalities for their final exit during the Amnesty period were cleared, but as the fate would have it, certai airlines rules came their way and they got stuck.

Zahid Hussain, who hails from the western Indian state of Maharashtra, wanted his family to return home during the grace period, but could not make it because of International aviation rules on pregnancy. Now, with his wife Samina Kauser having delivered, Zahid has been pleading with the authorities to allow them to return to home. Samina along with her four children including the two-month-old infant are lodged in the deportation center in Shumaisy and is anxiously waiting to be deported

International civil aviation rules prevent woman who are 36 weeks pregnant from flying on a journey that takes more than four hours. This condition came in the way of Samina availing the amnesty. Zahid also made the mistake of pushing their departure till the last minute to earn some extra money, besides miscalculating on the child's arrival. By the time Samina delivered, the grace period was over and they were stranded in the Kingdom

Zahid, who works as a tailor in Hail in the Central region, is himself not a violator of Saudi labor laws. Samina joined him about seven years ago, arriving on a visit visa along with her eldest son Adil Malik who as then three-years-old. Later, two more children were born in the Kingdom, but none of them had documents

"When the amnesty was announced, I was extremely happy and started to work more to make some money so that I could buy tickets and for some shopping for my family," Zahid told Arab News. "After obtaining documents for my children, I went to travel agencies who said they can't issue a ticket for Samina, who was pregnant. So, we waited for the delivery, but by that time, the grace period was over," he explained.

"After hearing news that expatriates were being arrested and shifted to deportation center, I came with my family to Jeddah from Hail, and after a lot of difficulties, my family was arrested and shifted to the deportation center a month ago," Zahid said

Zahid, who also wanted to accompany his family, has been lodged in the men's cell while his wife and children are lodged in women's cell, B53.

The baby boy has been named Abid Malik and the other children are 10-year-old Adil Malik, five-year-old Arshia Kauser and three-year-old Asim Malik

All children and wife have been fingerprinted at the deportation center and are waiting to be deported, Zahid said. "It depends on the authorities whether they want to deport me too. Either ways I will be happy, since I can return to my job in Hail," he said


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