Faren vil forme Storbritannias fremtidige politikk, sønnen og åtte andre fra nærmeste familie ville til Syria. Labour-politiker Shakil Ahmed fra Rochdale (sex-grooming skandalebyen) har beviselig ikke maktet å integrere familien i britisk kultur. For noen dager siden ble ni medlemmer av familien hans stanset i Tyrkia idet de forsøkte å ta seg over grensen til Syria.
Fire voksne og fire barn. Påkledningen sier det meste om verdigrunnlaget.
Anti-terror police have raided the home of a Labour councillor whose 21-year-old son was arrested on the Syrian border with his aunt, cousins and four children.
Shakil Ahmed’s Rochdale home was searched by police last night and again this morning after his son Waheed and eight relatives – including four children – were detained in a remote Turkish border town.
Mr Ahmed, a respected local politician, was not in as police raided the house in connection with his son’s arrest, searching computers for any links to militants in Syria.
Ahmed med Ed Miliband for et par uker siden. Et uvelkomment bidrag til valgkampanjen.
Ahmed uttalte at han trodde de var på ferie og er sjokkert over at de skal ha forsøkt å ta seg inn i Syria. Han vil ha dem hjem så fort som mulig for å finne ut hva som har skjedd. Vi kan hjelpe: Familien din støtter Det islamske kalifatet og ville helst flytte dit.
He said that he had seen his son’s photograph and when asked about one picture of his son laughing, he replied: ‘Well, they went on holiday so they shouldn’t be crying on holiday should they?’
He added: ‘I don’t believe my son was on his way to join Islamic State. I was shocked, worried and extremely upset to hear that my son has been arrested.
‘It’s a total mystery to me why he’s there, as I was under the impression he was on a work placement in Birmingham.
‘My son is a good Muslim and his loyalties belong to Britain. If I thought for a second that he was in danger of being radicalised, I would have reported him to the authorities.’ The councillor added: ‘He’s studying a degree in politics and sociology at Manchester University and has a good future ahead of him. I just want to speak to my son and get him home as soon as possible.’
De fleste vil være uenige i Ahmeds erklæring om sønnens lojalitet til Storbritannia. Hvorvidt sønnen er en «god muslim» kommer nok an på øynene som ser og de fleste briter ville foretrukket at deportasjonen fra Tyrkia ikke gikk tilbake til England.