A British Pakistani man and his three grown-up sons have all been stripped of their British citizenship after being accused of being Islamist extremists. Home Secretary Theresa May is believed to have taken away British citizenship from the unidentified 51-year-old and his sons in 2012. News about the case was …Read More »
A British-Pakistani man has been charged with the murder of a woman in Lahore. Ghulam Asia, 49, was gunned down outside her home in the city on 27 July last year. Tariq Rana, 30, is accused of killing her and will be tried in the UK after being arrested in …Read More »
#Outrageous: Pakistani court setences Geo News owner (and Veena Malik) to 26 years in prison for ‘Blasphemy’
The owner of Pakistan’s largest media group has been handed a 26-year jail term after he was found guilty of blasphemy, reports say. Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, owner of Geo News, was sentenced by an ‘anti-terror’ court in Gilgit, northern Pakistan on Tuesday after the TV station aired a broadcast showing people …Read More »
Indian and Pakistani migrants accounted for nearly a quarter of all new recipients of British passports, the latest figures have revealed. More than 28,000 Indians and just over 18,000 Pakistanis were granted UK citizenship out of a total of 193,000 in 2012, according to the figures by Eurostat, the European …Read More »
The world’s wealthiest Pakistani has arrived in London and in some style as well. Florida-based multi-billionaire Shahid Khan sailed into the Thames this week in his brand-spanking new 308-foot long mega-yacht, appropriately-named ‘Kismet’. Mr Khan 64, is in the capital not only to watch his National Football League (NFL) team, …Read More »
#Locals: Rochdale residents demand ‘White’ taxi drivers after sex grooming scandal involving Pakistani men
A minicab office in the town where scores of young white girls were groomed and sexually abused by mainly Pakistani men has started offering white drivers to customers on request. According to reports residents in Heywood, Rochdale have been offered the “special” service after two local cab drivers of Pakistani …Read More »
British Pakistani big screen debutante Sameena Jabeen Ahmed has scooped the prestigious 'Best British Newcomer' prize at the London Film Festival (LFF) 2014.
Ahmed was honoured for her "breathtaking" performance as a teenager on the run in 'Catch Me Daddy', a powerful tale about honour killings set in northern England.
The award is presented to the most promising writer, actor, producer or director with no previous track record in feature films or television.
Film producer and LFF 2014 jury president Finola Dwyer said the decision to honour Ahmed had been unanimous.
"Sameena's performance was very assured, confident and fearless. In the lead role of "Laila", Sameena's range of emotion was breathtaking; she was the heartbeat of the film.”
Filmed on location in the bleak and beautiful Yorkshire Moors, the film follows pink-haired teenager Laila (Ahmed), who has gone on the run with her Scottish boyfriend Aaron (Conor McCarron).
The young couple have fled their homes in an unnamed northern town and are trying to quietly set up home in a trailer near the Moors: Laila works at a local hair salon while Aaron sits around waiting for Laila to return so that they could get stoned out of their minds.
Unbeknownst to Laila and Aaron, two groups of men - both hired by Laila's outraged father to avenge his family's "honour" - are hunting the couple.
One group is headed by Laila's brute of a brother Zaheer (Ali Ahmad).
The other group is led by Barry, a brawny white thug even more psychopathic than Zaheer.
The ensuing chase is both ominous and poetic as director Daniel Wolfe (brother Mathew Wolfe co-wrote the script) explores family dynamics, race and class in multicultural Britain.
Ahmed, 24, had been cast after a street audition and is sensational in her role which requires a mind-numbing array of emotions, most of which she nails to impressive effect.
Other major award winners of this year's London Film Festival include 'Leviathan', a Russian drama by director Andrey Zvyagintsev which won Best Film and 'Syria Self Portrait' by Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan, which won the Girerson Award for Best Documentary.Read More »
A young woman who was enslaved by a British Pakistani couple in their home in Salford has been awarded £100,000 in compensation. Pensioner Ilyas Ashar, 84, and his 68-year-old wife Tallat were jailed last year after the couple were found guilty of subjecting the woman – now in her 20’s …Read More »
A prominent Pakistani minority rights campaigner who has faced numerous death threats is to be deported from the UK after the Home Office ruled that his life was not in danger if he is sent back to his home town of Quetta, Balochistan. Liaquat Ali Hazara, 36, runs the London-based …Read More »
#Lawless: Family demands action after British-Pakistani grandfather is shot by prison guard in Rawalpindi jail
The family of a British-Pakistani grandfather held in a Rawalpindi jail on blasphemy charges have called on David Cameron to intervene after the man was shot by a prison officer inside the prison. Muhammad Asghar, 70, was injured in the shooting at the Adiyala prison in the northern Pakistani city, …Read More »