‘Reveal reason for cancelling visa’
Undeterred by the 25-day ordeal in Australia, Dr Mohammed Haneef on Monday spoke of plans to return to work at the Gold Coast Hospital, Southport, and challenged the Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews to make public the reasons for cancelling his visa.
"I would like him (Andrews) to come forward and let out the facts (in support of the decision to revoke the visa). I am saddened by the fact that my visa has not been restored. I will fight for it because I would like to return to Australia... I enjoyed working as a doctor at the Gold Coast hospital," he said at the press conference organised after his arrival in Bangalore on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, Dr Haneef was offered the position of a senior surgeon in a government hospital here by the Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. Haneef, however, chose to keep his options open and thanked the chief minister for the offer. Accompanied by his lawyer Peter Russo and cousin Imran Siddiqui, Haneef said he was overwhelmed by the moral support he has received.
He thanked the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Minister of State E Ahamed, Kumaraswamy and the Indian High Commissioner in Australia Prabhat Shukla.
Asked about Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s statement about not offering any apology to him, he said he did not expect the Australian government to offer any apology to him, but would "appreciate" one to "India and its peace-loving citizens here." Haneef, who was held on July 2 for a suspected involvement in two failed attacks in London and Glasgow, wished that no one should suffer the way he had to.