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Haneef's family does not want him to go to Aus

Vicky Nanjappa in Bangalore | January 05, 2008 14:06 IST

Bangalore based doctor Dr Mohammad Haneef, who was absolved of terrorism charges, is a relieved man. With the Australian federal court reinstating his work visa recently, there are several options before him.

Although he has not made any decision on his return to Australia, the doctor expressed his willingness to stay back if the Karnataka government offered him admission to a post graduate course.

Haneef, who said he has not heard from the authorities at the Gold Coast hospital where he was working before he was arrested on terrorism charges, said he had left the decision about returning to Australia to his family.

"My family is adamant in not sending me back to Australia," the 27-year-old, who has just returned home after a one-and-half-month Haj pilgrimage, said.

Haneef, who was working in Gold Coast Hospital in Australia, returned to India in July last year after being cleared of terror charges in the botched Glasgow airport suicide attack in the UK. The Australian government withdrew all the charges and restored his visa a few days ago.

He said he has not decided on going back to Australia to work and hopefully would take a call in the next two weeks.

"Unless we get reassurance from the Australian government and AFP (Australian Federal Police), we (he and his family) will not go back," Haneef said, describing days in detention in Australia last year as the "worst part of my life and a traumatic experience".

With PTI inputs

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