Sterling offer: Lord Nazir suspended by Labour Party

Published: April 17, 2012

The Lord also offered a similar incentive for the capture of former US president George Bush in response to a US reward for the capture of suspected terrorist Hafiz Muhammad Saeed

HARIPUR / LONDON: 

Britain’s Labour Party suspended Lord Nazir Ahmed after a report on Sunday quoted him as offering £10 million ($15.9 million) for the capture and trial of UK and US leaders in retaliation to the $10 million offered by the US for the capture and trial of religious leader Hafiz Saeed.

“If these comments are accurate we utterly condemn these remarks which are totally unacceptable … The international community is rightly doing all in its power to seek justice for the victims of the Mumbai bombings and halt terrorism,” a Labour party spokesperson said, referring to the arrest of Hafiz Saeed, who is alleged to have masterminded the Mumbai attacks.

“We have suspended Lord Ahmed pending investigation,” she said.

Lord Nazir denied passing these remarks immediately. His denial was partially accurate, given that he never mentioned the name of current US President Barack Obama or the word “bounty”, as the The Express Tribune had reported. Instead, he made an “offer” for bringing to justice former US president George W Bush and former UK prime minister Tony Blair for what he termed to be their war crimes.

Likening the two cases, he said that if the reward for Saeed was ok, then his offer for Bush and Blair was also ok.

Whether his suspension was for mentioning President Obama’s name, or the nature of the comments itself is unclear.

Speaking at an event in Haripur on Friday, the British parliamentarian of Kashmiri origin had offered the incentive in response to a US reward for information leading to the capture of Hafiz Saeed. Lord Nazir even added that he would arrange the “offer” at any cost even if he was left with the option of selling all his personal assets, including his house, or even begging in Haripur and across Pakistan for the funds.

The comments did not sit well with his party back home.

Lord Ahmed immediately denied having passed the comments.

“I did not offer a bounty. I said that there have been war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan and those people who have got strong allegations against them – George W Bush and Tony Blair have been involved in illegal wars and should be brought to justice,” he said from Pakistan.

“If the Labour Party wants to suspend me I will deal with the Labour Party. They will have to give me some evidence,” he added.

Meanwhile, following Lord Ahmed’s denial, The Express Tribune’s reporter, who covered the story in Haripur, said he mistakenly wrote the name of current US President Obama – and clarified that the offer was for Bush and Blair.

He said that he and other journalists present on that occasion have recordings of Lord Nazir’s statement, adding that some TV channels and at least four Urdu newspapers, including a Karachi-based daily, had also run the comments – but obviously they did not have Obama’s name.

He disclosed that, following the news of the suspension of Lord Ahmed’s Labour membership, he had been receiving phone calls from unknown people, who were pressurising him and questioning the veracity of the report.

(Wires with additional input by News Desk)

Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2012.

Reader Comments (19)

  • true_blue_pakistani
    Apr 17, 2012 - 6:09AM

    Why not ET post the unedited video on Youtube? If Nazir Ahmed proved to have said about bounty, then ET reporter acknowledging the mistake won’t give relief to Nazir. Kashmirs are trouble makers anyway.

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  • Thoughtful
    Apr 17, 2012 - 6:35AM

    Thats perfect. Go after the messenger . The reporter may need protection.

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  • maiden
    Apr 17, 2012 - 7:18AM

    Shame on Express Tribune for misrepresenting such critical facts.

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  • Freeman
    Apr 17, 2012 - 7:38AM

    As always ET is the winner of reporting misleading news as it will go against either Pakistan or Kashmiris. This misleading news Will be good for the indians as ET is good to make happy Indians. Good work ET.

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  • Basit
    Apr 17, 2012 - 7:39AM

    ET is responsible for twisting Nazir’s words. After all, even the so called “bounty” on Hafiz Saeed is not for his capture but information leading to his implication in all of the world’s terrorism.

    We have every right to offer reward leading to information that would convict the US and UK leaders who invaded other countries based on lies and half truths.

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  • Nosherwan Shahid Shaikh
    Apr 17, 2012 - 8:06AM

    Irresponsible journalism on ET’s part!

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  • ProphetJesusisnotgod
    Apr 17, 2012 - 9:31AM

    What is wrong to put the bounty of those war criminals state sponsor terrorist thugs Tony Blair, Bush n his gang n current regime of western n USAss war criminals state sponsor terrorist thugs regimes who beside destruction, killed thousands n thousands Muslims in IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN n proxy wars in different Muslims world. These war criminals state sponsor terrorist thugs beats UBL, Saddam n Qaddafi n all other notorious terrorist on the face of the earth. They must b brought to justice for crime against humanity, they r nothing but cowards for killing innocent Muslim Mujahedeen the protector of Islam in their beloved sovereign countries. Lets bring justice to innocent of thousands n thousands men, women n children who got butchered by those war criminals. http://www.ifamericansonlyknew.org

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  • Umer
    Apr 17, 2012 - 10:24AM

    @ProphetJesusisnotgod:

    What is wrong to put the bounty of
    those war criminals state sponsor
    terrorist thugs

    Are you talking of Baluchistan?

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  • Vance Wells
    Apr 17, 2012 - 10:48AM

    Golda Meir said it – “There will be peace in the Middle East only when the Arabs learn to love their children more than they hate the Jews”.

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  • Riaz Khan
    Apr 17, 2012 - 10:56AM

    If UK has these kind of jokers as “Lords” than god save the Queen!

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  • Analyzer
    Apr 17, 2012 - 11:03AM

    Lord Nazir should sue ET for misreporting facts and causing distress. Shame on ET! U need to grow up before u can consider yourself even a 2nd tier newspaper.

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  • jim
    Apr 17, 2012 - 11:36AM

    all are same and evil. an evil man fight another evil man. no good deed in their hearth.
    Bible say Jesus never commit a sin. HE is the LORD. other than HIM, there is no lord

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  • JayKay
    Apr 17, 2012 - 11:44AM

    @Umer: I believe he is talking about your masters.

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  • F D Boaz Chaudhry
    Apr 17, 2012 - 12:05PM

    Nazir has no right to be a lord in the great britain. The British have gone mad to make lords out of muslim community.

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  • F D Boaz Chaudhry
    Apr 17, 2012 - 12:08PM

    @ProphetJesusisnotgod:

    For your information, countries are never Muslims. Countries are Islamic. The people live in there and practice Islam are Muslims.

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  • Apr 17, 2012 - 1:17PM

    Lord Nazir should join mujahedeen forces in Pak and Afghanistan instead of staying comfortably and enjoying the life with British beef and pork in a non-believer country.

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  • Apr 17, 2012 - 2:25PM

    @Sukkur Saheb:
    Take him with you!!

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  • haris
    Apr 17, 2012 - 4:10PM

    @umer :
    Cheap Shot man.

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  • May 5, 2012 - 6:03AM

    Let’s built a better future for the people of Kashmir .

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