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Clerics speak out on counter-terrorism

Reporter: Iram Ramzan
Date online: 02 August 2017

EXTREMIST clerics from Pakistan have been back to Oldham to speak at a counter terrorism conference.

Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman and Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman were part of a group of faith leaders who spoke at The Werneth Suite Conference Centre, in Oldham, last month. They are on another tour across the UK and Europe which ends on August 27.

The aim of the conference, organised by the Ramadhan Foundation, was to "bring communities together and address terrorism".

However, the Pakistani clerics have led a high-profile campaign in their country in praise of Mumtaz Qadri, who was executed in January, 2016, after murdering Pakistani politician Salman Taseer in 2011 for opposing Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws. Qadri had claimed it was his religious duty to kill the Punjab governor.

The Chronicle reported on August 16, 2016 how the two clerics spoke to a large gathering at Madina Mosque and Islamic Centre in Clydesdale Street, Coppice, as part of a seven-week UK tour.

Shahbaz Taseer, whose father was murdered by Qadri, criticised British authorities for allowing the clerics into the country.

"These people teach murder and hate. For me personally I find it sad that a country like England would allow cowards like these men in.

"It's countries like the UK and the US that claim they are leading the way in the war against terror [and] setting a standard. Why are they allowing people [in] that give fuel to the fire they are fighting against?"

At the time of the 2016 visit, Imam Zahoor Chishti said the event was not organised by the mosque itself but by the clerics' team. He said the situation would change how things would be organised at the mosque and that the mosque "should take better precautionary measures."

The Chronicle tried contacting Imam Chishti and the Ramadhan Foundation but they were unavailable for a comment.

Cllr Barbara Brownridge, the Oldham Council cabinet member who leads on tackling extremism, said: "Oldham Council was invited to attend a Counter Terrorism Conference and ­- given the stated aims of the event ­- bringing together people from a range of public and private sector organisations, religions and beliefs to unite against terrorism, which I'm sure we can all agree is a positive thing ­- representatives attended.

"We had no control or responsibility for the invitation list or organisation of the event."

The Mayor of Oldham councillor Shadab Qumer and councillor Ateeque Ur-Rehman attended the event, along with Gorton MP and former North West MEP Afzal Khan.


1. Why are these extremists not stopped from entering the country ?
2. Who invited them and why?
3. Why are the Mayor of Oldham and an MP supporting them by being there, and not complaining, and asking questions of those who invited them ?
Think of the Manchester bomb victims

So who were the idiots who invited the, allowed them to use this venue and allowed these scum bags into the country?

Whether you like it or not, these are the views held by mainstream Muslims in this country, and most of the Labour party.
You seriously think that when the invitations to these preachers went out that their views were not known amongst the Muslim community?
Did Charlie Hebdo and Jyllands-Posten teach you nothing about the views of Muslims on Blasphemy?
I know this pricks the bubble of the liberal leftie fantasy world concerning the Unbermensch, but, they hold some pretty unpleasant views.

OUTRAGEOUS - this is not the first time that extremists have been invited here . As a Muslim I find it horrendous that these idiots that preach murder in the name of God came freely come into this country and rub shoulders with the mayor who is supposed to be the queens representative.
Why has the government not blacklisted them from entering this country ?

Let's be clear these are SUNNI Muslim extremists - can the MEP and mayor please put some sort of vetting procedure in place or resign And at the very least offer a public written apology ! - are the not aware of the terror caused in this country over the last few months ?

Nasir, can we take it from your comments that you are Shia? Alas these are not 'extremists' they only give voice to what are pretty mainstream views held by Sunni Muslims in Britain. They are views which alas are supported and reinforced by Labour politicians who are prepared to attend segregated meetings without so much as a comment - by doing so they tacitly express their approval.
The Qur'an is quite on the punishment for various crimes _ they are only expressing what it says.

I was at this meeting and I'm disgusted by the article by iram ramzan. These apeakers condemned come to manchester to condemn the terrorist attacks in Manchester. They spoke infront of a priest a rabbi the chief constuble and other white non Muslim officials. All of these have been missed out from the article. The whole article is a complete misrepresentation of the event. It is encouraging hatred and islamaphobia in our loving town. You will be receiving a whole lot of complaints!

Who paid for this jamboree ? .


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