Student was attacked with knuckle duster at Newcastle university campus

Date: 
October, 2018
Country: 
Australia

Abdullah Qaiser says he came to Newcastle from Pakistan last year to study in a secure environment.

The 21-year-old had his nose smashed by a man wearing a knuckle duster after his car was stopped at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus.

More than two months have passed since Abdullah Qaiser was attacked at night by a group of young people.

While driving through the university campus, the 21-year-old international student's car was stopped by a group of around seven people who set upon him.

Mr Qaiser said a man shouted at him to “f*** off” and to “go back to your f***ing country.”

“'You don't belong here, you are a Muslim’, the usual racial comments,” Mr Qaiser told SBS.

SBS Urdu has since talked to Mr Qaiser who was left with a broken nose and injuries.

He says his life has not been the same since the incident.

"My nose was broken during the attack. Recently, I had to go to the hospital where they operated. The doctors had to realign the bone in my nose.

“The shape of my nose has changed; it is slightly crooked now.

"The doctors did tell me that they will not be able to reshape it 100% the way it was. I think it is out of shape compared to what it previously was.”

Source: SBS