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UK Muslim MP Quits After Muslim Threats

From FrontPage Magazine:

The Rise and Fall of a British Muslim MP

By Vasko Kohlmayer

The election in May of 1997 of Mohammad Sarwar, a Pakistan-born Muslim, to British Parliament was hailed as a momentous event in British history. Taken as a sign of cross-cultural tolerance, Sarwar’s success was seen by many as an important milestone on the country’s road to becoming a truly multicultural society.

Eager to assert his Muslim identity from early on, Sarwar took the oath of office on the Koran, bucking a centuries’ old tradition of pledging allegiance to the Queen. Ever mindful of the sanctity of that Holy Writ, Sarwar insisted that the book be placed inside a protective envelope so as not to be accidentally “touched by one not of the faith.”

Ten years on, Mohammad Sarwar has announced his intention to resign his seat. His decision comes after a two-year long campaign of death threats and abuse that made him fear not only for his own life but also for those of his children and grandchildren.

Many will be surprised to learn that this campaign of intimidation was not carried out by some native racists or extreme British nationalists, but by Sarwar’s fellow Muslims. But we can only fully appreciate the full import of this affair when we learn what has so enraged his co-religionists.

The troubles of Mohammad Sarwar began on the morning of March 14, 2004, when a group of five Muslim men were cruising around Glasgow looking for a white male to kill. Eventually, they zeroed in on Kriss Donald, a slightly-built schoolboy. Suspecting what lay in store, the boy pleaded with his captors as he was being bundled into a waiting car: “Why me? I’m only fifteen.”

Having failed to evoke their pity, Kriss was taken on a 200-mile round trip while his tormentors were looking for a house in which to kill him. As he lay bound on the floor of the car, he was subjected to brutal torture, which included castration and repeated stabbing. Unable to find a suitable house, the kidnappers drove to a garbage dump where they doused him with gasoline and then set him on fire. Despite all the torture he had endured, Kriss Donald was still alive and tried to crawl into a muddy hollow to extinguish the flames. When a walker found his body the next morning, he thought it was a mutilated animal carcass.

Within days the police arrested two of the perpetrators; the other three managed to flee to their relatives in Pakistan. It soon became clear that getting them back would be no simple task as there was no extradition treaty between the two countries. It was at this point that Mohammad Sarwar, in whose constituency the murder took place, intervened. He traveled to Pakistan and used his contacts to arrange for the murderers to be sent back to Britain. Once returned, they were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Although most people appreciated Sarwar’s efforts, many of his fellow Muslims saw things otherwise. They unleashed a campaign of abuse that featured death threats by torture not only against him but also against his children and grandchildren. This is how Mohammad Sarwar described this experience in an interview earlier this year:

Life is not the same, to be honest with you, since I brought them [the three murderers] back. I was subjected to threats. I was told they wanted to punish my family and make a horrible example of my son – they would do to him what they did to Kriss Donald. I received threats to my life, to murder my sons, to murder my grandchildren.

Even though he has been reluctant to admit it publicly, his associates revealed that it was fear of reprisals that made him decide not to seek re-election. This would make Mohammad Sarwar the first British Member of Parliament in modern history to be forced out of office by intimidation…

Mind you, Mr. Sarwar is no saint.

He is very much in favor of surrendering to the terrorists, and he has been kicked out of the Labor Party for shady political dealings.

Still Mr. Sarwar’s fate is an object lesson. It is worth going to the link to read the rest of this excellent article.

For the author is right. This is the shape of things to come.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 16th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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