Proud Father Granted Visa to See Son Collect Doctorate Says He is ‘in a dream’


Don’t you just love a feel-good story? I vaguely remember when the Guardian first mentioned this son’s plight, but it would seem it now has a happy ending.

The 79-year-old father of the chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council has said he felt he was “in a dream” as he watched his son receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow, after he was initially refused a visitor’s visa.

The department reversed its decision on Sabir Zazai’s father after the Guardian highlighted his case, following a public outcry.

Zazai described the event, which took place on Wednesday morning, as “absolutely amazing”. He said: “With my dad, as well as all my friends and colleagues around, it is a brilliant day.”

Mohammad Zahir Zazai attended the ceremony wearing traditional Afghan dress. He was accompanied by five grandchildren, who he met for the first time this week.

He said: “I feel like I am in a dream. It is a dream to see my grandchildren. I thank everyone for the support and solidarity in helping me to make sure I see my grandchildren.”

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