Retirement, Resignation Or Expulsion? Nazir Ahmed Is No More In House of Lords

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Nazir Ahmed
Source: Sky News

Lord Nazir Ahmed, the first Muslim member appointed in the House of Lords for life, announced his resignation from the House of Lords on Monday. A day after his announcement on Tuesday, a report by the conduct committee published which recommended that he should have been expelled from the House of Lords in light of sexual misconduct.

The committee upheld the findings of the commissioner that Ahmed breached the code of conduct by failing to act on his personal honor in the discharge of his parliamentary activities, and recommended his expulsion from the House, instead of a lengthy suspension. The House of Lords Conduct Committee concluded Lord Ahmed emotionally “exploited” British Pakistani Tahira Zaman, who came to him for help in 2017 in connection with a personal issue.

Source: BBC

As per details, Ms. Zaman wanted the police to investigate a Muslim healer who she thought is not safe for women. Lord Nazir kept asking her for dinner until she agreed. Lord Nazir asked Ms. Zaman to come to his residence when she reached out to him after a few weeks to discuss the case. There are reports that suggest they both had a consensual sexual relationship, on which she stated,

I was looking for help and he took advantage of me. He abused his power.

Source: The News

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Lord Nazir Ahmed expressed his disappointment at the Report of the Conduct Committee. In a statement to Geo.tv, Lord Ahmed said:

I am extremely disappointed by the Report of the Conduct Committee which is based on a flawed and unfair investigation process. I have always said, and maintain, that the allegations contained in the Report are not true. Given this, I am now going to continue pursuing my appeal to the European Court of Human Rights to remedy this injustice.

Lord Nazir announced that he would challenge the report at the European Court of Human Rights. He made this announcement shortly after the report was published.

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