Baroness Warsi and the 'extremist'.... This is getting messier by everyday with serious allegations

InsafianPTI

Minister (2k+ posts)
Baroness Warsi, the Conservative Party chairman, faces fresh questions over her business partner.
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By Jason Lewis, Investigations Editor
9:00PM BST 09 Jun 2012

The peer is under investigation over her undeclared links to Abid Hussain, a relative by marriage with whom she is involved in a catering business.

However, there were calls last week for the inquiry, ordered by David Cameron, the Prime Minister, to be widened after Mr Hussain admitted that he had been involved in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a radical Islamist party that the Conservatives had pledged to ban.

In his first public statement, Mr Hussain said that he had attended its meetings, although he said he had never been a “member”, and had not told Lady Warsi about his involvement.

She has previously said she was unaware of his activities.

There were also questions over one of the trips to Pakistan by Lady Warsi on which she was accompanied by Mr Hussain.

Earlier this year, she travelled to the country on government business and in the course of the trip opened the “Office for Overseas Pakistanis and British Nationals”, which she said “works with police forces across the UK and British consular services on issues such as forced marriage and kidnapping”.



However, The Sunday Telegraph has established that the office is operated from the premises of an opposition party, whose British arm organised a protest against US policy when President Barack Obama visited Britain.
Last night, Michael Dugher, Labour’s shadow cabinet office minister, said Lady Warsi appeared to be mixing party and government business.
The current investigation into Lady Warsi is being carried out by Sir Alex Allan, the Prime Minister’s adviser on the ministerial code, into the disclosure that company documents showed she was the majority shareholder in Rupert’s Recipes, a spice company whose other shareholder was Mr Hussain.
She had not registered the holding with the House of Lords, whose rules say peers should declare any majority shareholdings.
“These further revelations about the conduct of Baroness Warsi are extremely worrying,” Mr Dugher said.
“Yet again, there seems to be a blurring of the lines between what constitutes proper official business and what is, in fact, party political activity with private associates.
"Labour will be asking urgent questions next week in Parliament, including of the Foreign Office.
"What the baroness was doing with someone who has admitted his involvement with the extremist Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir also calls into question her judgment.”
Hizb ut-Tahrir has been accused of promoting racism and anti-Semitism, praising suicide bombers and urging Muslims to kill Jews.
Before coming to power, Mr Cameron pledged to ban it but the plan was shelved after a Coalition review.
The nature of Mr Hussain’s involvement in the radical party has already prompted questions over the extent of security vetting.
He has twice accompanied Lady Warsi on trips to Pakistan, and has also been pictured in the House of Lords at a reception for her.
In the early 1990s, sources say, Mr Hussain joined Hizb ut-Tahrir and was nicknamed “Strapper” by other students because of his bulky frame.
He lived for a time in one of its London houses, studying the radical form of Islam taught by its then leader Omar Bakri Mohammed, who is now banned from Britain.
In 1995, Mr Hussain attended a party rally filmed in a BBC a documentary and was seen laughing and joking with others.
Mr Hussain issued a statement through a lawyer last night which said he “has never been a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir”.
“In his mid-20s, which is to say more than 20 years ago, Mr Hussain attended Hizb ut-Tahrir meetings,” the statement said. “However, he often debated against their views and never became a member.”
A former Hizb ut-Tahrir member, Ghaffar Hussain, who now works for the Quilliam Foundation, the anti-radicalisation organisation, said: “He [Mr Hussain ]acted as a key recruiter and propagandist for the groups in the late 90s.
“Hizb ut-Tahrir have a very idiosyncratic definition of the term 'member’. Only the very senior and public activists call themselves 'member’.
“This gives the junior activists and those who don’t want to be public about their involvement plausible deniability by claiming that they are not officially 'members’.”
Mr Hussain’s brother is still a high-profile figure in Hizb ut-Tahrir, and is referred to as “Professor” Muhammad Nawaz Khan in videos and photographs on its website.
Mr Hussain said last night he had not spoken to his brother in a decade.
Mr Hussain’s presence on Lady Warsi’s trip earlier this year to Lahore was disclosed by the Conservative chairman last week. He was present when she opened the “Office for Overseas Pakistanis and British Nationals”.
The Foreign Office described the organisation last week as a “private initiative” and as a “charity” that “helps British nationals overseas”.
However, The Sunday Telegraph has established that the organisation is run by a political party, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), headed by a former Pakistan prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and his brother, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of the Punjab.
It is unclear whether Baroness Warsi knew the organisation appears to be political, rather than charitable. During the Lahore event, attended by Mr Sharif, Mr Hussain and Baroness Warsi were pictured with Anjum Chaudhary, the president of PML-N’s UK Youth Wing.
Mr Chaudhary organised a protest outside Parliament in May last year against President Obama’s state visit.
In the UK, the office, based in the party’s headquarters, in Romford, east London, is headed by the PML-N’s UK president, Zubair Gull, and shares several members of staff.
Abid Hussain appears to be involved in the organisation, appearing in a number of photographs on its website.
A Conservative Party spokesman said: “Sir Alex Allan is looking at Baroness Warsi’s business relationships and will provide advice on how they should be handled in future.
“All relevant information regarding Baroness Warsi’s business interests will be available to Sir Alex.”


Inn pmln waloon ney tu her jagah gandgi phailai huwi hai, Losers jiss ko haath lagatay hein uss ko aalooda ker daitay hein.
 

Mr Justice

Minister (2k+ posts)
She is targeted for being:

1. Muslim
2. Pakistani origin

Simple as it is. When I used to study in Australia, at the time I thought they were racists, but after working on a good profile job in UK, I realized Auzies were less racists than British.........Auzies were different kind of racists, while British are far more political racists.........
 

UKPakistani

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
She is targeted for being:

1. Muslim
2. Pakistani origin


Simple as it is. When I used to study in Australia, at the time I thought they were racists, but after working on a good profile job in UK, I realized Auzies were less racists than British.........Auzies were different kind of racists, while British are far more political racists.........

Well as a Pakistani who has lived in the UK for over 40 years,sorry but I disagree with you

I do not doubt there is racism in the UK,

but we have been here a longtime,third and 4th generation in some cases

We have as much freedom to be Muslim in the UK

and what someone will not give us, we will take if, it is our right

Pakistanis are involved in every aspect of life in the UK,

and we proudly wear the flag of Pakistan without hinderance or fear.

As for the Baroness, sorry but she is a Politician first ,

British Muslim and of Pakistani origin are tags she has worn since birth, Politics was her choice and IF she has done wrong according to the law here, she will be punished regardless.

Do you think anyone can get away with saying that we are going to treat you differently because you are a Muslim and your origins are Pakistani. I would love to see them try.

Your comment about Aussies may be true,

but I have to ask,their history with the aborigines speaks volumes to me.

Considering it was THEIR Land
 
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crankthskunk

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Guys, this is UK, not Pakistan. The Press here is different, not the idiots running the show in Pakistan.

If she has done wrong, and as things are coming out, she may be careless about few thing, intentionally or unintentionally. But she would pay the price of her wrong doings, or carelessness, without shadow of any doubt.

The question is, you all should look at Pakistan and think, why so many people are getting away with so much without ever facing the consequences of their actions?

The answer is Pakistani media, sold out, unprofessional, useless and extremely protective of their lucrative positions.
Unless this culture is changed and people are punished for their wrong doings and lack of judgement, Pakistan cannot progress in the right direction, period.
 
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