ARGUS COMMENT: The mystery of Nida Naseer

THE whereabouts of Nida Naseer remain a mystery, almost three months after the teenager disappeared from her Newport home.

The 19-year-old was last seen when she went to put the bins out on December 28 last year.

Since then, despite a series of media appeals and a major police investigation, there has been no sign of Nida.

Today we speak in detail to Nida's father Naseer Tahir about the effect her disappearance has had on his family, who live in the Pill area of the city.

It is a tough time for the family, made worse by baseless rumours and racist comments left on social media and online.

Quite what people hope to achieve by saying such things is beyond us.

Yes, Nida and her family are failed asylum seekers - but that does not make them any less worthy of our help and sympathy at a terribly distressing time.

It is a concern that - three months down the line - this newspaper is still having to make the above points.

Nida Naseer is a teenage girl who has gone missing. All that matters is finding her alive and well.

Her father is convinced someone knows where Nida is and that she may be being prevented from contacting her family.

If that is true, then we hope that someone reads the Argus today and realises how important it is to let Nida's family know she is safe.

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10:36am Wed 26 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

I too find it disgusting that some lowlifes are trying to use this story as a platform for their objectionable views.

Show a little human decency and if you can't say anything good - shut the hell up.

I hope Nida is safe and I feel for her family at this trying time.
I too find it disgusting that some lowlifes are trying to use this story as a platform for their objectionable views. Show a little human decency and if you can't say anything good - shut the hell up. I hope Nida is safe and I feel for her family at this trying time. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 6

12:05pm Wed 26 Mar 14

sooty001 says...

Watched a programme on TV last night about people who go missing from home without no plausible reason, was shocked to find out how many people go missing each year. I do hope that this girl is found soon and my heart goes out the the family at this stressful time.
Watched a programme on TV last night about people who go missing from home without no plausible reason, was shocked to find out how many people go missing each year. I do hope that this girl is found soon and my heart goes out the the family at this stressful time. sooty001
  • Score: 4

12:36pm Wed 26 Mar 14

NickWebb says...

I make no comment on either the disappearance of Nida nor of the asylum case.

The Argus is right to call for respect to be shown, but it is perhaps also worth remembering the background story.

On the basis of what has been reported it appears that Nida simply wanted to continue her studies. This is an aspiration which many of us will have shared and it is an approach we hope to see from teenagers. She was just looking to improve her prospects and was constrained from doing so due to reasons beyond her control.

Hopefully, she is safe but until that is known this is a very sad situation.
I make no comment on either the disappearance of Nida nor of the asylum case. The Argus is right to call for respect to be shown, but it is perhaps also worth remembering the background story. On the basis of what has been reported it appears that Nida simply wanted to continue her studies. This is an aspiration which many of us will have shared and it is an approach we hope to see from teenagers. She was just looking to improve her prospects and was constrained from doing so due to reasons beyond her control. Hopefully, she is safe but until that is known this is a very sad situation. NickWebb
  • Score: 5

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