Missing teenager turned down for asylum in UK

Nida Ul-Naseer was upset she could not attend university. Credit: Gwent Police/PA Wire

The family of Nida Ul-Naseer, who went missing revealed today that their attempt to seek asylum in the UK from Pakistan was turned down a year ago.

It meant that academically-gifted Nida opted to retake a business studies course she had already passed.

Her sister, Shamyla, 23, told a press conference today that she believed Nida's disappearance stemmed from being upset because she could not attend university.

"I think that not being able to go to university is the reason for her leaving," she said, speaking alongside other family members at Newport Central police station.

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Missing teen 'angered' at scuppered University plans

A teenager who disappeared outside her home in Newport, Wales, after taking out the rubbish was "angered" that her status as an asylum seeker meant she could not attend University, police said. Nida Ul-Naseer, 18, of Newport, disappeared in December.