Fresh sex scandal rocks British parliament, Pakistan born peer accused of seeking sexual favour from vulnerable women

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British parliamentarian of Pakistani origin, Lord Nazir Ahmed has found himself in a state of bother after multiple women came forward to allege that the peer sought sexual favours from them by taking advantage of their vulnerability. Lord Ahmed has rejected the allegations.

Lord Nazir Ahmed

The revelation was made in a special BBC programme, Newsnight. 43-year-old Tahira Zaman told the programme that Lord Ahmed ‘took advantage’ of her vulnerability to start  a sexual relationship with her after she approached him for help.

According to Zaman, she approached Lord Ahmed in February 2017 through a mutual friend hoping that he will wield his clout as a parliamentarian to investigate a Muslim faith healer, who she said posed danger to women.

According to her, Lord Ahmed said that he had written to the Metropolitan Police Commander Cressida Dick about her concerns. Zaman said that she received several requests for a dinner date from Lord Ahmed. She told the programme that she finally accepted his offer and went for a dinner with him. Weeks after the dinner, she said that she inquired about an update on the letter to the police. Lord Ahmed, she said, invited her to his East London house.

Once inside his house, Lord Ahmed, according to her, complimented her saying ‘you’re beautiful.’ The two, she added, had sex on a number of occasions. She clarified that their sexual relationship was consensual.

Their relationship ended after two months, when Lord Ahmed said that he wouldn’t leave his wife. Zaman said that she felt ‘stupid.’ “I genuinely did believe that he had feelings for me, I’m just so stupid… and I believed that he was going to help me,” she told the BBC programme.

Another woman, who chose to hide her identity, told the same programme that Lord Ahmed had invited her to spend a night at his house when she approached him for a help. This, according to her, was a message that he wanted to have sex with her adding that she turned down his invitation.

Zaman said that she lodged a formal complaint to Lords’ Commissioner for Standards, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, who refused to investigate the matter saying that the parliamentary code could not have been broken because when Lord Ahmed offered to help her and write to the police. She said that ‘it was not part of his parliamentary work.’

She wrote to Zaman, “The behaviour you describe in your email could amount to a breach of personal honour. However, the code only applies in relation to a peer’s parliamentary work, and, from your email, it looks as if your initial contact with him was not to do with his parliamentary work.”

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