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Lord Nazir speaks out

Published May 15, 2013 01:42pm


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File photo shows Lord Nazir Ahmed.—Photo by AP
File photo shows Lord Nazir Ahmed.—Photo by AP

LONDON: Lord Nazir Ahmed, the British parliamentarian of Kashmiri origin, has ended his nearly four-decade affiliation with the Labour Party with “a heavy heart” following a row over his alleged anti-Semitic remarks during a television broadcast.

The decision by Lord Ahmed, who had arrived in Britain in 1970 at the age of 12 from Mirpur in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, came on Monday, two days before a hearing on his alleged remarks.

Mr Ahmed, who is based in Rotherham, was suspended from the Labour Party in March this year following a report in the Times that he had blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his 2009 prison sentence for dangerous driving.

The Times had claimed that Mr Ahmed appeared on a Pakistani television channel and claimed that his prison sentence for dangerous driving resulted from pressure placed on the courts by Jews “who own newspapers and TV channels”.

In his resignation letter to Eric Wilson, the head of Labour Party’s National Constitution Committee (NCC), he said: “I am being held to account following a publication in the Times of an interview alleged to have been given by me some two years ago to a Pakistani anchor based in Pakistan. I do not recall when this interview was held, where this interview was held and nor the person who carried out this interview. All I know is what has been reported in the Times. I reject the core story that emerges out of the alleged interview.”

Mr Ahmed maintained that the only evidence against him before the NCC was the Times’ reporting and the translation of the purported transcript, which was not available even with the National Executive Committee of Labour Party.

“I believe that justice of the case demands that the film of the interview should be subjected to forensic test in order to search for the truth of the matter. This has been denied to me.”

Lord Ahmed regretted that the Labour Party had not made any independent inquiry before suspending him or even fixing the disciplinary hearing on May 15, 2013.

He said the translation of the purported transcript of the alleged interview had many gaps [inaudible] which put its credibility in question and it was against the rules of natural justice to decide his political career in the party on the basis of the flawed evidence.

Without naming Hafiz Saeed of Lashkar-e-Taiba, he recalled that only recently his picture was published in a Pakistani newspaper with a certain politician with whom he had no contact whatsoever for the past three years.

“I was not even in Pakistan at the time and date when it was ascribed to me. It is somewhat sinister that because of my pursuit of the inquiry of a murder of a Pakistani politician in the streets of London,” he said, referring to the murder of Dr Imran Farooq of the MQM.

Lord Ahmed was host of former Sindh home minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza during the latter’s visit to the UK in late 2011, who had claimed that he was in possession of some evidence relating to a plot to kill Dr Farooq, implicating figures within the MQM.

On March 28 Mr Ahmed had “completely and unreservedly” apologised to the Jewish community, telling the Huffington Post that he could not “believe” it when he saw the Times reports of what he had said in the interview.

Referring to his apology, he said: “I have made it quite clear previously and do so again that the apology was made without prejudice to my primary position and to assuage any feelings of antagonism that may have been created against me that if at any time I may have said anything inadvertently I wanted to apologise for that.”

He said the party which had freedom and justice as it core values and which he endeared for decades was content to proceed against him on the basis of incredible and untested evidence.

“That indeed leads me to believe that the decision might have already been made. In the circumstances I seem to have no alternative but to resign from the Labour Party. I do not wish to unnecessarily provide bad press for the party and/or do anything that would alienate voters from the party having been a loyal supporter and servant of it for decades.”

Lord Ahmed was appointed to the House of Lords by Tony Blair in 1998, along with three other Muslim peers.

Last year, he was suspended from the Labour Party pending investigation of alleged remarks made at a meeting in Haripur, Pakistan. However, he was later cleared and reinstated.

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Jamshed May 15, 2013 02:34pm

Mr Ahmad, you are not fit to be an English Peer. You have shamefully let down the Pakistani community living in UK with typical antics that are not acceptable to the office you held.

NerdCrunch May 15, 2013 03:14pm

Even if he gave interview, how can that statement be anti-Semitic? This is RIDICULOUS! This verifies the claim that jews have control over British media as well!

Kam East May 15, 2013 03:47pm

@Jamshed: Re-read the article, use your common sense. Guilty without proof? You must be a stalinist.

KHAN May 15, 2013 03:54pm

@Jamshed: Jimmy, sorry I meant Jamshed, How very lade da of you. This politician does not represent me or many other Muslims born in the UK. I fundamentally disagree with the peerage system and these 'brown' sahibs are only used by the establishment to try to exert control of the natives. They(the Political parties) use these people from Mirpur, Punjab etc to harness votes from these various dirty politics that these people have imported from their backward areas and their case systems and expect us to support them. The same politics that have been used to elect a Punjabi as PM in Pakistan by the name of Nawaz Shariff although his corruption is notorious and who was not elected by anyone else in the rest of the provinces. Keep your ethnic and dirty politics out of the UK. It is hard enough to be practising Muslim in the UK without having your rubbish sent here. One thing at least some of the things he said supported Muslims unlike the other bootlickers such as Khalid Mehmood et al.

Kumar a. May 15, 2013 03:54pm

This is a typical South Asian behavior and character. They think and behave as if UK is part of sub continent and they can get away with murder. His statement reads as if he has selective memory loss. Holding such racist views in a meritocratic, secular country, especially UK in year 2013 is unacceptable. Now having been exposed, the honorable thing for Ahmed to do is to resign from membership of Lords. Today's Britain has no place for such bigots.

ajay May 15, 2013 04:30pm

@Jamshed: yes right he should be sent back to Pakistan

bubba May 15, 2013 05:20pm

Rubbish. His resignation implies that he never made the statements - if so, then why did he apologize when the speech was made public? He's quitting because he knows he was going to be formally expelled from the party.

IRFAN May 15, 2013 05:32pm

I think Mr Lord Nazir Ahmed you are the cream of Britain and Pakistan and I love and respect you. You have made the right decision to leave the party as you have always been known for standing up to people when they are wrong. Its even better when you say that you don't want to give your ex party any bad press as this shows how big a man you are full of loyalty and wisdom.

Syed Asif Zafar May 15, 2013 06:35pm

Syed Asif Jeddah

Justices required .This is UK not Pak or india

Rashid B. May 15, 2013 06:39pm

Yes, it could be back to selling fish and chips in Rotheram for Lord Nazir again.

Tajammal May 15, 2013 06:46pm

@Jamshed: 'Shame on you for not accepting the truth'

Mustafa Razavi May 15, 2013 08:33pm

Shame on UK, even if did make those remarks, it is just speech and he has a right to his point of view. Government owned BBC demonizes Muslims continually. Fraudulent morality of the English people.

Mustafa Razavi May 15, 2013 08:37pm


There is a big difference between murder and just making a statement. Why is it that making caricatures of our holy prophet is freedom of expression but you can't point a finger at followers of other religion? It is bigotry, plain and simple. Shame on UK and shame on their lackeys on this forum.

Nasir May 15, 2013 08:53pm

You should you have big mouth and you said controversial stuff before too. anyway accept and go.

Ahmer May 15, 2013 09:18pm

He was never a peer material to begin with.

john May 15, 2013 11:33pm

Hafiz Saeed is a politician? lol. You , sir, are definitely a saint.

imran bhatt May 15, 2013 11:36pm

You better come back Pakistan and contest elections from North Waziristan on TTP's ticket as they appear very close to your core political and religious principles.

akki May 15, 2013 11:39pm

@IRFAN: and come back to mirpur ... and use u r talent to lift up the poor ppl of azad kashmir

imtiaz May 16, 2013 12:00am

Kicked out more like.

Sridhar May 16, 2013 02:00am

@Mustafa Razavi: Just seeking clarification. Does your interpretation of right to speech also allow blasphemous speech and cartoons as long as it fits within the framework constitution and laws of the UK ?

Adil Jadoon May 16, 2013 03:48am

@Kumar a.: Passing judjement before looking the evidence??? why so hasty. Perhaps your own prejudice is getting the best of you.

Adil Jadoon May 16, 2013 03:50am

@Jamshed: you ashamed of being who you are? always look at the evidence before making such comments.

Khan May 16, 2013 04:35am

He met his fate. Allah ki lathi beawaaz hai.

Brown Sahib May 16, 2013 04:43am

@KHAN: Hey, if you are not, your father was a 'Brown Sahib'. Nothing wrong with that. As far as Punjabi PM is concerned, ONE MAN ONE VOTE, do you believe in this.

Sami Qureshi May 16, 2013 10:49am

One day the thief is destined to be caught.

Rashid Sultan May 16, 2013 01:34pm

Please return to your native land. We don't need you but then you'll be one of us. You can 'lord' it over there. Britons never did nor do they now or ever will need or want you or your types in Britain. An after thought: If you must stay in Britain because of the social welfare benefits you receive as an unemployed immigrant and as you have resigned from the Labour Party (Incidentally, the leader Milliband is of the Jewish faith) Join the British National Party / National Front. The latter would like to have you as a representative minority. Why did you go to Britain anyway?

Satyameva Jayate May 16, 2013 02:31pm

Nazir Ahmed is a loose-mouth short-sighted local-view politician.... All qualities to become a successful politician in Pakistan. Expect him to make the move soon.

Darbullah May 16, 2013 03:21pm

@Mustafa Razavi:Yes. Now that he is being demonized for his comments, he should return to Pakistan and help his own country where these kind of conspiracy theories would be welcomed. He can also bring all his Pakistani brothers back so that British taxpayers don't have to fund them.

Gerry D'Cunha May 16, 2013 03:28pm

Lord Nazir's can play a vital role in pakistani politics rather than British politics where he has let down his community

KHAN May 16, 2013 03:46pm

@IRFAN: hahahahahahhahahahahahahahahhahahah. You are being sarcastic I hope!!!!!!!!