UK sex gang members face deportation to Pakistan

Published: February 10, 2017
Shabir Ahmed, Adil Khan, Abdul Aziz and Abdul Rauf - four members of a child sex grooming gang from Rochdale facing deportation to Pakistan PHOTO: GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

Shabir Ahmed, Adil Khan, Abdul Aziz and Abdul Rauf - four members of a child sex grooming gang from Rochdale facing deportation to Pakistan PHOTO: GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

Four members of a Rochdale child-grooming gang are facing deportation to Pakistan after losing an appeal against having their UK citizenship revoked.

The men preyed on teenage girls around Rochdale, bribing them with drinks and drugs, before passing them around for sex. The accused, Shabir Ahmed, Adil Khan, Abdul Rauf and Abdul Aziz, had their cases dismissed on all grounds by immigration judges.

A summary of the ruling said, “The appellants were all many years older than their victims. In some cases girls were raped callously and viciously and in others they were forced to have sex with paying customers.”

The ruling paves way for all men to be removed from UK, despite gaining nationality through naturalisation.

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Ahmed, the ringleader of the gang was previously sentenced in 2012 to 22 years in jail after being convicted of child sexual abuse offences. He remains in jail while the other three have been released on license.

He previously took his case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) claiming that his jury was biased which was in violation of Article 6 – right to a fair trial – of the European Convention on Human Rights. His case was however thrown out, with judges citing there was ‘no proof’ that the jury acted improperly.

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It is not yet known how long it will take to deport them – and there are concerns there may be a few more hurdles to overcome.

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk called for the men to be deported to Pakistan “as soon as possible”. He said, “We welcome many people coming to the UK, to contribute, but if they break the law then they should lose their right to live here.”

“Foreign-born criminals should not be able to hide behind human rights laws to avoid deportation.”

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Reader Comments (19)

  • fahim
    Feb 10, 2017 - 10:29AM

    I am sure interior ministry won’t let them inRecommend

  • Sodomite
    Feb 10, 2017 - 10:56AM

    Upon return they can get on with their business in the Punjab without any problems. Welcome back as their is no law to send you back to the UK. Recommend

  • Alfredpk
    Feb 10, 2017 - 11:20AM

    they will allow them for retraining and to enforce Punjab culture in other countries in future.Recommend

  • Anon
    Feb 10, 2017 - 11:45AM

    Wait a second, they were UK citizens when they did this, the thing happened in the UK… so its a UK matter!

    Why are they being sent to Pakistan?!Recommend

  • wb
    Feb 10, 2017 - 12:09PM

    Imran Khan will welcome this reverse brain drain and will urge Nawaz Sharif to utilize their brains and full service for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Feb 10, 2017 - 12:31PM

    @Sodomite They are born in Pakistan. Their citizenship will be stripped off, because they are dangerous to the UK society. Instead of having good life, and hard work they thought they would getaway with crime after attaining UK citizenship. Recommend

  • wb
    Feb 10, 2017 - 1:53PM


    If Interior ministry won’t let them in, then I’m sure UK will pute restrictions on Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Sad but true
    Feb 10, 2017 - 2:29PM

    Four less financial contributions to IK from UK.Recommend

  • Xnain
    Feb 10, 2017 - 3:15PM

    Its about time Pakistan adopt Singapore’s model of only one nationality. Either you’re Singaporean national, or you’re not. No dual nationalities. But most of the generals, bureaucrats, politicians and businessmen will disagree with me. Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Feb 10, 2017 - 3:27PM

    They are convicted by U.K. Court and must face the consequences of their crime as per the UK laws. But, why this deportation bit? Why must accept the burden of crime committed by U.K. Citizens? Why must these British citizen be deported to anywhere, do you usually deport your criminals if not then what this exception? All fair minded people must resist and condemn this discriminatory action, this is not right and an attempt at setting a wrong precedence. It is just practicing Trumpean sense of justice and as wrong as Trump’s sense of securing and cleansing the US.Recommend

  • RK Singh
    Feb 10, 2017 - 3:31PM


    They are dual citizens. If they stop UK citizen ship., they will be Pakistani.Recommend

  • curious2
    Feb 10, 2017 - 7:00PM

    He remains in jail while the other three have been released on license.
    How can anyone who is part of a gang that rapes and prostitutes children be let out on bail? There was a day that the UK would have tossed them in jail and thrown away the key … what ever happen to the basic concept of justice. Women and children deserve better. Recommend

  • delhuss
    Feb 10, 2017 - 9:48PM

    Crass hypocrisy on the part of the MP! Crime committed on UK soil, so UK should keep these people in their prison and not fob them off to another country to save themselves the cost of keeping these people in prison. Yes, it all boils down to money !Recommend

  • Billa
    Feb 10, 2017 - 10:22PM

    They have sick minds. They have no place in Pakistani society also. They are not wanted here either. A big NO to them.Recommend

  • Dr Jamil Ahmad
    Feb 10, 2017 - 11:00PM

    Their Pakistani Nationality should be revoked immediately, these became criminals in UK so should remain in UK prisons.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Feb 11, 2017 - 12:47AM

    You can take a Pakistani out of Pakistan but you can’t take Pakistan out of a Pakistani.Recommend

  • Milind
    Feb 11, 2017 - 9:31AM

    With these ‘skills’ they will thrive in PakistanRecommend

  • D Kamal
    Feb 11, 2017 - 2:14PM

    As a British born Pakistani let me explain to you fools. The UK has a right to kick out criminals and or strip them of British nationality if they commit serious crimes in the UK. These men were not born in the UK they applied to become citizens of the United Kingdom it was a contractual agreement which can be revoked. The UK will not deport them before they have been sent to prison in the UK and served their sentence for the crime they have committed in the UK after the sentence is over we have a right to send these disgraceful scum back to their grandfather to face the music and shame in their country of origin. Of course if a person is born in the UK and one or both of their parents happens to hold a British nationality then of course even if they are British Pakistani they will not be deported as they aren’t originally citizens of Pakistan. Moreover this precedence in law will not only apply to Pakistanis it will apply to anyone who was born outside of the UK and applied for UK citizenship.

    This will make big criminals wanted by the state of Pakistan think twice of committing crimes in Pakistan from the safety of the UK. As many Pakistani born citizens tend to do many are wanted in Pakistan by the army and courts. So this is good not only for the UK but also for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Xnain
    Feb 20, 2017 - 10:48AM

    @D Kamal:
    “As a British born Pakistani let me explain to you fools.”
    Correction, you’re a British born confused Desi trying to be a Pakistani. KWYR, Know Who You Are!Recommend

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