A Saskatoon family, which has been separated for over three years, are overjoyed with the news today from the Saskatchewan government that they will finally come together.
Since 2010, the Afridi family has been trying to bring their adoptive son, Ajjab, to Canada from Pakistan.
They were originally given the province's support. However, when the mother, Waheeda, tried to bring the now four-year-old boy to Saskatchewan, she was told she couldn't because Canada didn't recognize adoptions from the country. Waheeda has been with the boy in Pakistan since. Now, the province has sent a letter approving the adoption to the federal government.
"We're hoping and we're always positive that he is going to come to Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, one day," said Ashfaq, the boy's father. "Every night I was thinking, I was praying, so God accepted our prayer."
Now, the province and the Afridi family must wait for the Federal government to receive the letter and approve the adoption officially.
June Draude, the Saskatchewan minister of social services, said the change of heart came from "new information" the government received last week, but she said she couldn't say what it was.
Haidah Amirzadeh, the Afridi family's lawyer for the past two years, confirmed what the new information was: an adoption expert in Pakistan and lawyer with 38 years experience was able to clarify Pakistan's guardianship laws and verify what the Afridi family had been saying and that the adoption was legitimate.
Because of the information this expert provided, the Saskatchewan government was able to confidently approve the adoption by writing and sending the letter of no objection to the federal government.
Now, the province and the Afridis must wait for a final answer from the office of Chris Alexander, Canada's minister of citizenship and Immigration.
"We were made aware of this recent development through the media not long ago," Citizenship and Immigration Canada Press Secretary, Alexis Pavlich wrote in a statement Thursday afternoon to CBC News.
If the family is given approval from the feds, Ajjab and Waheeda could be reunited with Ashfaq in Saskatoon as early as next week.