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Missing Nida: Teenager 'Upset At Studies Ban'
A teenager who has been missing for more than a week was upset because she had been told she could not go to university as her family were asylum seekers.
Nida Ul-Naseer, 18, of Newport, South Wales, vanished while taking out the rubbish on December 28.
The family, originally from Pakistan, had their request for asylum in Britain turned down a year ago which meant Nida chose to retake a business studies course that she had already passed.
"I think that not being able to go to university is the reason for her leaving," sister Shamyla, 23, speaking alongside other family members at Newport Central police station.
"Nida, please come back home", her sister said.
"Nida, please come back home. We are desperately worried about you. Nida, we need you. Nida, please come back home, we cannot live without you."
Her sister had been upset and angry about the situation before she vanished, Shamyla said.
It emerged that the teenager might also have been barefoot when she disappeared three days after Christmas.
Nida reportedly suffers from a medical condition and needs iron pills in order to prevent anaemia.
Her father, Naseer Tahir, who was also at the news conference, said in broken English that he was happy for his daughter to attend university.
He added that he was sad he was not able to provide her with what she wanted.
Nida did not have a boyfriend and was described by her family as "very religious".
The family's plea to Nida came as the police also made a direct appeal to the teenager during the press conference.
Superintendent Mark Warrender said: "Nida, if you are watching or listening to this please, please get in touch.
"Your family is desperately worried about you and all they want to know, and we want to know, is that you are safe and well."
He also gave an update on the progress of the investigation, but acknowledged there had been no sightings of Nida since she left home.
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