New Delhi: In a major embarrassment PoK origin ex-UK House of Lords member and staunch anti-India critic Nazir Ahmed has appeared in a UK court for sexually abusing teenage boys and girls.

He is accused of two counts of attempting to rape a girl under 16, indecent assault of a boy under 14 and raping a boy under 16. Last year UK House of Lords Conduct Committee recommended expulsion of Ahmed from the House of Lords on charges of sexual abuse.

Ahmed, of Rotherham, is on trial alongside brothers Mohammed Farouq and Mohammed Tariq who are both accused of indecent assault of a boy under 14.

Farouq, 70, of Worry Goose Lane, Rotherham, is charged with four counts while Tariq, 65, of Gerard Road, Rotherham, is charged with two counts. They deny all the charges.

Last year Ahmed lost his seat at Britain’s House of Lords after a panel recommended his expulsion over sexual misconduct with a Kashmiri woman. He resigned before he was formally expelled.

The Lords Conduct Committee had published a report into the conduct of Ahmed concluding for the first time ever that a peer should be expelled. The report found Lord Ahmed to have breached the Code of Conduct for “failing to act on his personal honour” over sexual assault and exploitation.

Tahira Zaman, a single mother of two, had filed a complaint against him. Ahmed made history when he became the first Pakistani of Kashmiri origin to enter the House of Lords as a Labour peer in 1998. Prior to that he was a councillor at Rotherham. He was a confidante of then prime minister Tony Blair. He later turned against him over the Iraq War.

According to Zaman, there are at least five other women who want to take action against Ahmed but are afraid of doing so because of community wrath and family honour.

Zaman had alleged that Ahmed sexually exploited her on various occasions at his second home in London. Another victim accused the Lord of asking her to spend a night with him in London in return for helping her husband in a business tussle.

“…Lord Ahmed breached the Code of Conduct by failing to act on his personal honour in the discharge of his parliamentary activities by agreeing to use his position as a member of the House to help a member of the public but then; sexually assaulting the complainant, lying to the complainant about his intentions to help her with a complaint to the Metropolitan Police regarding exploitation by a faith healer, exploiting the complainant emotionally and sexually despite knowing she was vulnerable,” stated the committee’s report.

According to the nearly 300-page report, one of the victims stated that “when she asked Lord Ahmed for help, he initially made unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature with her and later held out the promise of using his influence to help her, when in fact his aim was to have sex with her.”

Ahmed is not new to controversies. The 63-year-old was born in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir but migrated to the UK as a child with his parents. He has been an ardent supporter of Khalistani terror groups and a critic of the Indian government’s policies. A group of Kashmiri women in London had launched a Hollywood style #MeToo protest campaign against politicians including Nazir and faith healers who are exploiting vulnerable women in the Kashmiri community, the committee report had stated.

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