Did Lord Nazir Ahmad resign or was he removed?

London, 17th November: Lord Nazir Ahmed, who in 1998 made history by becoming the first Muslim to be appointed a peer in Britain’s House of Lords, has announced his retirement.

The main reason why Lord Nazir Ahmed resigned has come to light, the news of which has been circulating since this morning.

The report said that Lord Nazir Ahmad was unable to fulfil his responsibilities and could not show good behaviour. It was also reported that Lord Nazir Ahmad had tried to sexually harass a woman.

In the allegations, the woman alleged that Lord Nazir Ahmad sexually harassed her.  However, this was not true, but Lord Nazir’s behaviour was not right.

The report of the inquiry committee said that the woman’s statement that Lord Nazir Ahmad had insulted her could be admitted, but that the woman could not prove that she had been sexually harassed.

It is also being said that this commission of inquiry has also stated that Lord Nazir Ahmad did not perform his duties honestly and truthfully.

According to the report, Lord Nazir Ahmed, the first Muslim member of the British House of Lords, retired from the House of Lords.

It may be recalled that Lord Nazir Ahmed, a member of the House of Lords, has been accused of having physical relationships with women who came to him for help.

It may be recalled that Lord Ahmad was accused by a woman named Tahira Zaman of contacting Lord Nazir Ahmed through a friend for help in a matter, but Lord Nazir “took advantage” of it and had sex with her.

Following the revelation of these allegations, questions are being raised about the effectiveness of the Darul Amra Code of Conduct.

Lord Ahmed, 61, denies any wrongdoing.

Tahira Zaman, 43, says she contacted Lord Nazir in February 2017 through a mutual friend in the hope that he would ask the police to help investigate a fake Peer who was dangerous for women.

Tahira Zaman said at the time Lord Nazir Ahmed told her that he (Lord Nazir) had written a letter to London Metropolitan Police Chief Krisda Dick for help. According to the woman, after that Lord Nazir Ahmed kept asking her to meet him again and again for dinner.

According to Tahira Zaman, she finally agreed to meet for dinner and a few weeks before the invitation, she contacted Lord Nazir regarding the matter and Lord Nazir invited her to his residence in East London.

According to Tahira Zaman, Lord Nazir told her that she was a beautiful woman. After that, the two had got physically involved several times.

Tahira Zaman admits that there was consent in their relationship but she said, “I asked for help and he took advantage of me.”

According to the woman, the relationship ended two months later when Lord Nazir told her that he would not separate from his wife.

“I knew in that look that he had fallen in love with me. I turned out to be so stupid … And I was convinced that he would help me.”

Tahira Zaman added that she felt that Lord Nazir had taken advantage of her because she was suffering from depression at the time.

Another woman, who did not want to be identified, said she had also approached Lord Nazir for help. The woman claims that she too was “suggested by Lord Nazir to spend the night at his London residence”. The woman said she thought the offer meant Lord Nazir wanted to have sexual relation with her, so she refused to meet.

Tahira Zaman had in January last year complained to Lord Nazir Ahmed’s behaviour to Lucy Scott Moncriff, Commissioner for Standards of Darul Amra.

At the end of his reply, Lucy Scott Moncrieff wrote, “Members of the House of Lords did not deviate from the rules and regulations in this matter because at the time Lord Nazir Ahmed had agreed to help the woman and write a letter to the police.” At the time, this was not part of Lord Nazir’s parliamentary responsibilities.

The commissioner wrote: “The behaviour you mentioned in your e-mail may be a departure from (a lord’s) personal status, but the code of ethics applies only to the parliamentary work of members. And it seems from your e-mail that your initial contact with (Lord Nazir) was not related to his parliamentary work.”

The commission also said at the time that “it is very embarrassing if someone comes to you for help, especially if she is weak and you have sex with her.”

“The commissioner, who is an experienced lawyer, is not clear on this, so I think the rules need to be clarified,” he added. The guide needs to be more specific, especially about the code of conduct.

“She went to Lord Ahmed because she believed he was in a position where he could use his influence for his work,” she added. It is clear to me that whatever he was doing, he was doing as a member of the Darul Amra.

“Sexual relations between Lord Ahmed and Tahira Zaman may be in violation of two provisions of the Code of Conduct,” said Lord Carlyle.

One is about ‘conflict of interest’ and the other is that it is necessary for the members of Darul Amra to take care of their ‘personal dignity’.

Lucy Moncreff said at the time: “Although the complaint is credible and solid, it provides incomplete evidence that he was approached about his parliamentary responsibilities. Any other conclusion, as drawn by Lord Carlyle, would be tantamount to a misinterpretation of the Code of Conduct.

On the other hand, Lord Nazir said at the time, “I completely deny all allegations that I used my power to establish inappropriate relations with the general public.”

Lord Nazir added, “Lucy Scott Moncreff, the British High Commissioner for Standards, reviewed the complaint and ruled that it did not constitute an (inappropriate) misrepresentation of my parliamentary status. They decided not to take any further action.

“As a parliamentarian, I take my responsibilities very seriously and I do not do anything that affects my personal and professional reputation,” he added.

This morning there were reports that Lord Nazir Ahmed’s wife has been ill for many years and Lord Nazir Ahmed was unable to attend the Darul Amra due to this. Now he has taken retirement from the House of Lords to spend more time with his wife. 

Twenty members of the House of Lords have retired since February this year. Even after retirement, the title of Lord will remain with Lord Nazir Ahmed and he will also have the title of Darul Amra, but he will not be able to take part in the legislative process.

Lord Nazir Ahmed was elected Lord by the Labor Party in 1998 and during his time in Darul Amra he continued to raise his voice for Pakistan and Kashmir. He has also played a role in the flood devastation in Pakistan in 2009 with various delegations in different areas and has also played a role in the rehabilitation of the victims.

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