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Reject asylum for Afghanistan's first female pilot, Afghan activists request Obama

Updated: Dec 30, 2016 12:12 IST

Kabul [Afghanistan], Dec. 30 (ANI): A group of Afghan activists has requested U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the asylum application of Captain Niloofar Rahmani, the first female fixed-wing pilot in Afghanistan's air force, and deport her insisting that the she does not face any kind of threat to her life.

Twenty-five-year-old Rahmani has requested asylum in the United States after allegedly receiving death threats from hardline insurgents, reports the Khaama Press.

The activists said in an open letter to Obama that accepting and granting asylum to such individuals, who hold vital position and have important responsibilities, not only has bad impact to our country, but also encourages other citizens to seek asylum through illegal ways or seek asylum while they are sent to official visits by Afghan government to the United States of America and other developed countries.

"The findings of the White Assembly's Research Team show that Ms. Nelofar Rahmani, the Fixed-wing Air Force aviator of Afghanistan, who filled an asylum application for the United States of America, is not facing any forms of threats, while she enjoys a safe atmosphere with some extraordinary security masseurs. Furthermore, there is no threat and obstacle for her to carry out her duties safely and securely in Afghanistan both in her career environment and her personal life," said the letter.

The letter further states that "Thus, the White Assembly, which is consisted of educated youths, policy makers, human rights activists, university professors, civil society activists, and analysts across Afghanistan, is requesting the government of the United States of America and all other respective organizations to reject her asylum application and deport her back to Afghanistan in the soonest possible, because the Afghan government has invested and spent millions of dollars on her education and capacity building. On the other hand, she is one of the main and vitalcadres for Afghanistan, and we severely need her for our country." (ANI)

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