Married Imam sentenced for Threats to Woman he had Affair With

Married Imam Asim Karim, from Bristol, was convicted by magistrates after being found guilty of threatening a woman he had an affair with.

Asim Karim, of Bristol, was ordered to do community service and fined at Bath Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, for threatening a woman he had an affair with.

Karim, who is an imam at Greenbank mosque in Bristol, was found guilty of criminal damage to the woman’s car and threatening behaviour.

The incident took place on a country lane between Bristol and Bath in June 2018.

Married father-of-three Karim had a brief affair with the young woman, who was also married.

On June 9, 2018, he lured her to a narrow road near Bitton, South Gloucestershire. Karim arranged to meet up with the woman, both driving out of the city in their separate cars.

The incident happened at around 3:30 am.

Jane Cooper, prosecuting, said: “She had known the defendant for three years. Both were married, but not to each other and two years ago there had been a sexual relationship.

“In September 2017, Karim started to contact her on Facebook, and in June 2018, they had arranged to meet again.

“Her intention was to tell him to stop contacting him. They met up in their cars, and she followed him through Longwell Green towards Bath.”

As they reached the area and with Karim turning his car around, they both stopped. His car then hit her car. The woman took a picture of him in his car.

Ms Cooper added: “He got out of his car and she wound down her window and said ‘why did you want to meet me?’

“Mr Karim sat in the passenger seat of her car and said: ‘Why are you taking my picture?’

Karim then became aggressive towards the woman. Ms Cooper explained:

“He grabbed the phone out of her hand and forced her to delete the picture she had taken. He leant over and took the keys out of the ignition.

“He let off the handbrake and jumped out, saying to her ‘let’s see how you’ll get home now’.

“He then threw the keys into the hedge. Her car began to roll down the hill quickly and ended up crashing into a fence on the side of the road. She then called the police.”

The court heard that Karim had denied the charges. At the trial in January 2019, he denied being present at the scene.

However, the 999 call made by the woman was played to the court. Karim could be heard in the background.

Ms Cooper described the impact that the incident had on the victim. She said:

“The incident left her traumatised and unable to go out, she was paralysed with fear and stuck in her home.”

Giles Tippett, defending, said his client had denied the offences. Mr Tippett said he was on the way back from leading prayers in Easton and she began following him.

Karim denied having a sexual relationship with her. Mr Tippett also said Karim had denied having any relationship with her at all.

According to Mr Tippett, his client was unaware of the accident and had never been in her car.

He added that it was Karim’s case that the woman followed him and he had not arranged to meet her.

Mr Tippett said: “Mr Karim is a family man, married with three young children, the youngest is 13 months and the others are four and six.

“His wife, while giving birth to their youngest, had pre-eclampsia and she then suffered from post-natal depression.

“Mr Karim is helpful and supportive in the home and he’s a working man, a postman, and is also involved within the community.”

The chair of the magistrates’ bench, Susan Hanson, sought clarification from Mr Tippett after seeing the opening statement of the pre-sentence report. It stated that Karim still denied the offence.

She said: “He denies the offence, stressing he was not present, it’s not much of a report on that basis.”

Mr Tippett explained that the Probation Service report was not correct in stating that Karim had denied being present.

In fact, Karim had always acknowledged he was there on the night of the incident but had denied engaging or communicating with the woman.

Mr Tippett said: “He’s assisted the probation service. He’s not been obstructive, he has said to them ‘I had a trial, I’ve been found guilty.”

Mrs Hanson said the offences were serious. She told Karim:

“It is serious enough for a community order.”

Karim’s wife was in court to support her husband as he was ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work community work.

He must also pay £200 compensation to the woman for the damage to her car, an £85 victim surcharge and £500 costs.

Mrs Hanson added: “We are going to impose a restraining order for 12 months, Mr Karim.

“You must not have any contact directly or indirectly with this woman and that means no contact from family members or friends too.”

After the sentence, Mr Tippett concluded:

“There is no doubt that the conviction and sentence will affect his ability to work within the community and his aspiration in teaching.”

Asim Karim declined to give a statement outside court.

Abdul Tariq, from Greenbank Mosque, condemned Karim’s actions. He also stated that Karim was not a key member at the mosque, reports Desi Blitz.

Taxi driver, 37, lost a quarter of his skull when he was violently attacked

A taxi driver has lost a quarter of his skull after being nearly beaten to death in a brutally violent attack which his wife fears was racially motivated.

Faisal Raja, 37, was given just a one in ten chance of surviving the catastrophic brain injuries he suffered in the attack by thugs late last year.

He has now regained motor function but his wife says his personality has ‘definitely changed’ as a result of the damage to his brain.

The cabbie, from Derby, suffered two severe skull fractures, severe swelling and bleeding on the brain and had to have a quarter of his skull removed in four operations after being set upon by a gang of men when he stepped out of his car for a bite to eat.

His heavily-pregnant wife, Rozi, 31, whom he had called just moments before the attack, feared he would die over Christmas as she sat by her husband’s hospital bed.

Now back at home with three-week-old daughter Aliza, Mr Raja will have to spend the next six months wearing a protective helmet as his brain is covered only by a thin layer of skin. He is unable to drive or leave the house unassisted.

Mother-of-one Mrs Raja said: ‘They’re animals, they left him to die.

‘I thought he wouldn’t make it, I thought I was going to be a single parent.

‘It was terrible, I can’t even find the words to describe how bad his injuries were – it was just horrific.

‘It was a miracle that he survived. He was given just a 10 per cent chance of making it.

‘When we went in to see him, he was covered in wires and you could see how much his head had swollen. He was given a 10 per cent of surviving and was put on a life support machine.

‘All the hospital staff were shocked that he survived, they say how pleased they are he’s still here.’

She added: ‘He could have been targeted because of his race.’

Mr Raja had finished a night shift driving his taxi in the Morledge area of Derby on November 25 and was due to return home to his heavily-pregnant wife.

But the expectant father decided to work a few more night-time hours to earn a little extra money for his family.  He pulled up by a kebab shop in Morledge, called his wife to check she was okay, then went to get a snack.

As he returned to the car, a group of men viciously attacked him from behind crushing his skull with their knuckle-duster-wrapped fists and attacking him with a knife.

They left him for dead.

Mr Raja was rushed to hospital where he was immediately induced into a coma and put on life support. He spent two-and-a-half months in hospital and was on life support for six weeks.

It was only when came out of his coma and regained consciousness doctors were able to assess the of his injuries in full.

Initially, he was unable to speak, eat or swallow but has now entered intensive physiotherapy which has allowed him to regain some of his movement and most of his speech.

But he still needs round-the-clock medical care, daily hospital appointments and specially adapted features at home like a wet room and stair lift.

Mrs Raja explained that due to the amount of skull which has been removed her husband needs to wear a protective helmet as a quarter of his brain is only covered by a thin layer of skin.

He will have to wear the helmet for six months so that his condition can stabilise before doctors can consider putting a protective plate over his brain.

She said: ‘There are still glimmers of his old self, but his personality has changed definitely.

‘He lost a huge amount of muscle so he’s had a lot of intensive physio. He’s also relearned how to eat and swallow and talk.

‘If anything were to hit or touch that side of his skull, it could be fatal.

‘He has the hat on all the day, can’t have coffee or anything like that anymore.’

Mrs Raja is now calling for greater protection for taxi drivers which she claims ‘isn’t important’ to Derby City Council.

The new mother, who gave birth on January 23, said her husband struggles to deal with his daughter as he’s still experiencing chronic migraines and fatigue.

The couple’s friends and neighbours are trying to raise £30,000 on GoFundMe to pay for the extra care and home adaptions Faisal will need.

She said: ‘Protection for cab drivers doesn’t seem important to the council, and that needs to change. Life has been one big nightmare, I look back over the last few months and I wonder how we got through it.

‘It’s sad. He’s very apprehensive about being able to pick her up. He’s got chronic fatigue so can’t devote himself fully to her. But he absolutely adores her. He feels like he’s been given life, Aliza has kept him alive.

‘We assumed our future was going to be the same as any young couple’s, having kids and owning a house together.

‘Now we’re not sure what the future holds. There’s no normality to our lives and we don’t know when we’ll get it back.’

A police spokeswoman said that eight people had been arrested, seven of whom had been released under investigation and one released on police bail. Their enquiries are ongoing.

A council spokesman said Derby City takes the safety of its taxi drivers ‘very seriously’.

‘I woke up to my landlord laying in my bed and breathing down my neck’

SINGLE mum Donna* was delighted when she moved her children into a three-bed house – it was a step up from their previously tiny flat and the rent was affordable too.

Happily her landlord Sikander Khan, 61, seemed nice and helpful at the property in Greater Manchester.

But within weeks he showed his true colours when he became possessive and controlling.

Then he asked her if she wanted to start an affair.

When she said no, he waited until her children were asleep before using his keys to break into her home and get into her bed. She woke to his beard tickling her.

In July 2017, a neighbour told me that a big, three-bedroom house was available to rent on our street.

As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it – it seemed perfect for me and my children.

So, after signing my name on the dotted line and collecting the keys from Sikander, I moved my family in.

The kids were so excited, they loved all the extra space.

Sikander was a perfect landlord too, keen to check everything was in order in our new home. I was grateful for his dedication.

He popped around a couple of times each week, often telling me he was just passing by.

A few weeks on, my twin boys were sitting on the front doorstep, chatting to their friends.

Suddenly, I heard a loud voice. ‘Move out the way! You shouldn’t be playing with these kids.’

It was Sikander.

I was about to go outside to confront him, but Sikander let himself in. ‘Your children aren’t allowed to invite those kids over here,’ he said.

I tried to calm down and smooth things over – the last thing I needed was to get us evicted.

But from that moment on, I dreaded Sikander’s visits.

In a matter of weeks, he turned from a devoted landlord into a controlling, possessive burden.

I was starting to feel like a guest in my own home, rather than a tenant.

One day, Sikander came to fix a leak in the roof.

I was working at the time, but he insisted on coming over the following day to show me how he’d repaired it.

As I leaned over to look, Sikander grabbed my bum. Then he suggested we have an affair.

I hadn’t given him any reason to believe I was interested. He was old enough to be my dad.

After he left, I called the council asking them to rehome us, and they agreed to investigate.

In the meantime, I felt extremely uncomfortable whenever Sikander visited.

I hoped he’d feel embarrassed and stay away. Only he didn’t.

The next day, I saw him looming behind the frosted glass of my front door.

He knocked and I hid.

He continued to turn up unannounced, sometimes late at night when my children were fast asleep.

I used to feel obliged to let him in, but now I was through with being polite.

One night, in October 2017, I came home from work feeling utterly exhausted.

I kissed my children goodnight, before settling down into bed, grateful for an early night.

After changing into my nightie, I slipped under the duvet, drifting off to sleep.

But at around 11pm, I woke up suddenly. Something was tickling the back of my neck.

Someone was lying beside me in the dark. Their beard had been brushing the back of my neck.

Realising who it was, I felt sick to my stomach.

I screamed, leaping out of bed. They jumped up, too. It was Sikander.

‘What the hell are you doing?’ I shouted hysterically. ‘You’re sick!’

Sikander then put his finger to his lips and whispered: ‘Shhhh!’

‘Get out!’ I screamed, terrified and confused as to how he’d ended up here.

Then, my eldest daughter burst in. Spotting Sikander, her jaw dropped.

‘Call the police!’ I cried.

‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry,’ Sikander said, ‘I checked to see if your kids were asleep first.’

It transpired that Sikander had used his own key to let himself into my home, checking on my kids before sneaking into my room.

The thought of him anywhere near my children made my skin crawl.  I felt completely violated.

The one place I should have felt safe was in my own bed.

‘Get out!’ I screamed and Sikander quickly fled.

I locked the door and dialled 999. It felt like I’d just woken up from a nightmare.

Sikander must have watched us, waiting until we were all asleep.

If I hadn’t woken up, who knows what would have happened. He could have raped me.

But, despite me calling the police, they didn’t turn up.

The next day, Sikander bombarded me with phone calls.

He sent texts stating I owed him rent, and told me that was the reason he’d let himself in. It was a pack of lies.

When I didn’t respond, he turned up outside my house.

Fearing for the safety of me and the children, I dragged the sofa in front of the door.

There was no way he was getting in this time.

I called the police again, but there was still no sign of them.

I knew we needed to move out – we weren’t safe.

Finally, four days after reporting Sikander, the police arrived to take my statement. I felt so let down.

They couldn’t even give me an answer as to why they took so long.

Later that day, Sikander was arrested.  But it didn’t stop there.

People who knew him banged on the doors and windows, trying to intimidate me and the kids.

‘Retract your statement!” they shouted through my letterbox.

One day, a letter was posted through my door.

I was horrified to read the chilling words.

‘We know your date of birth, but do we know your date of death? Until we meet again.’

Eventually, whilst Sikander awaited trial, I was moved to a secure location.

I tried to keep it together for the kids, but I was falling apart.

I could still feel Sikander’s long, bristly beard stroking my neck when I lay in bed at night.

Finally, in June this year, Sikander Khan appeared at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court.

Despite denying all allegations against him, a jury found him guilty of trespassing with intent to commit a sexual offence.

He was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to sign the Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.

He was also made subject of an indefinite restraining order preventing him from contacting or coming near me ever again.

I was relieved to see him behind bars, but there were so many failings allowing him to get away with a measly four-year sentence.

I hope my story can raise awareness for other women who are experiencing similar behaviour.

Please be vigilant and report any concerning behaviour immediately.

*Donna’s name has been changed

Drunk Muslim man jailed for causing death of his polish girlfriend

A man has been jailed for causing the death of his girlfriend in a motorcycle collision in east London.

At around 01:00hrs on 12 October 2017, Iqbal Hussain, 37, (21.09.81) of Millharbour E14 was twice the drink-drive limit when riding his motorcycle in Whitechapel Road, E1.

The motorcycle collided with a pedestrian near to the Royal London Hospital. Hussain’s girlfriend, Karolina Skoluda, 34, was thrown from the bike.

She died in hospital two days later, with her family, who had travelled from Poland, at her bedside.

Both the pedestrian and Hussain were also taken to hospital. Neither was seriously injured.

During the investigation it was established that Hussain was twice the drink drive limit and, at the time of the collision, was riding in excess of 51mph in a 30mph zone while weaving in and out of traffic.

On 14 February 2019, Hussain was found guilty at Inner London Crown Court of causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit.

He was sentenced at the same court on Monday, 18 February, to five years’ imprisonment.

In addition, he was disqualified from driving for seven and a half years and the motorbike was confiscated.

DS José-Paulo Qureshi, of the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “This awful case highlights the massive danger of driving or riding after consuming alcohol. He made a number of terrible decisions that night, which cost Karolina her life. It is only right that he will spend a significant time in prison as a result.”

Amar Masud Claimed £250K for being Disabled, Is Jailed, Caught Working at Chip Shop

A factory worker who claimed he would be unable to work for 10 years after an injury has been jailed after he was spotted behind the counter of a fish and chip shop.

Amar Masud, 44, slipped a disc in his spine as he lifted a heavy table at the furniture factory he worked at in 2013.

He quit his job and went on to sue his employers for £250,000 claiming he would be out of work ‘for at least 10 years’.

But when investigators followed him they saw him working at a fish and chip shop near his home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and his case was thrown out.

Masud was arrested on suspicion of contempt of court and after being found guilty was today sentenced to a year and four months in prison.

The original case at London’s High Court heard Masud’s accident, which left him genuinely injured, happened at work in 2013.

But his contempt hearing was told he exaggerated the effects of his injury, claiming he was unable to earn a living and had been left badly disabled.

He was filmed driving in 2014 and working in 2015 – despite claiming he was unable to do either activity.

Sentencing him in his absence today, Judge Peter Blair QC said: ‘In his statement of truth he says, ‘I cannot think of what work I will be able to do in future if, as seems to be the case, my current symptoms remain’.

‘During the course of surveillance, he was seen working behind the counter of a food takeaway shop.

‘I am completely satisfied that his answer in the statement of truth is completely false and that he lied to the court.

‘It is plain that he walked and moved around without difficulty. He is seen to crouch down on his haunches, bend down and lean over doing washing up and move with apparent ease, which is utterly at odds with his demeanour whenever examined by a consultant at hospital.’

Masud had also sworn he was ‘unlikely to be able to work in the 10 years following the accident’, said the judge, adding: ‘That was another lie, proved by the surveillance observation of him.’

The judge said Masud had suffered a genuine injury but exaggerated its effect on his ability to work.

He added: ‘He feigns his disability when he thinks he is, or might be, observed.

‘When he doesn’t think he is observed, he has really quite a good range of movement. He was making up a large part of his disability.

‘He said in his statement of truth: ‘I do not drive my car anymore because of my injuries.

‘I have no hesitation whatsoever in coming to the conclusion that this defendant deliberately lied to the court for financial gain and has not put forward any explanation or apology for it.

‘I have come to the conclusion that I should commit him to prison. It is not in my view appropriate to suspend such an order.

‘I commit him to custody for a period of 16 months, as a result of his proved contempt of court.’

India’s new high speed train breaks down after hitting cow on first trip

India’s new high-speed train broke down on its first trip after after hitting a cow on the tracks – just a day after it was launched.

The Vande Bharat Express made its first journey from New Delhi to the Hindu holy city of Varanasi on Friday after being inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi.

But on its return the following day it collided with cattle causing the brakes to fail, according to Indian Railways.

It comes after rail bosses were left red faced when they were mocked for altering footage of the train on social media to make it look twice as fast.

Soon after the collision with the cow, the drivers noticed smoke billowing from the last four carriages and the electricity stopped working.

‘The train later experienced technical issues and was stranded on the way to Delhi,’ Indian Railways spokeswoman Smita Vats Sharma told AFP.

The train reached the capital ‘safely’ ahead of its first commercial journey on Sunday, she added.

The accident is the latest controversy for the express train – touted as India’s fastest and a special project of Modi’s government.

Last week India’s rail minister Piyush Goyal was mocked after he tweeted a digitally altered video of the train zipping by a station at lightning speed.

He was later accused of altering the video to make the train appear faster, triggering widespread social media ridicule.

A member of a trainspotters Facebook group wrote under the Twitter post that the video appeared to be sped up footage he had taken in December.

The Vande Bharat Express, touted as India’s fastest train was built under the Modi government’s flagship ‘Make in India’ programme.

Cattle obstructions on roads and rail tracks are common in India, particularly in Uttar Pradesh state where Saturday’s collision happened.

Since coming to office, Modi’s nationalist party launched a crackdown on the slaughter of cows – considered sacred by many Hindus – which has led to crisis numbers of stray and unwanted cattle.

India is struggling to upgrade its colonial-era railway system, which relies on creaking and outdated infrastructure to transport 23 million travellers each day.

The locally-made express train has a rated top speed of 180 kilometres (111 miles) an hour, 20 percent quicker than the next fastest train in service.

Railway authorities say the train is expected to reduce the 850-kilometre journey between the two cities from 14 to eight hours.  

Ex-bouncer, 25, ‘filmed boy, three, screaming in pain’ after he was squirted with acid

A father recorded a three-year-old boy screaming in pain on his phone after he was sprayed in the face with acid to provide ‘evidence’ the attack had been a success, a court heard.

Jan Dudi, 25, made the audio recording on Facebook Messenger as the child cried out ‘I hurt, I hurt’ after being covered in sulphuric acid.

The little boy was rushed to hospital after having the corrosive substance sprayed into his face at a Home Bargains store in Worcester.

Jurors heard Dudi recorded the aftermath of the attack to provide evidence to co-conspirators the ‘cowardly’ attack had taken place.

Prosecutors allege the seven defendants, including the boy’s father, committed the crime in an attempt to prove the boy’s mother could not protect her children in the course of a bitter custody battle.

The 29 second audio clip was played to Worcester Crown Court yesterday.

The boy’s screams could be heard above the loud background noise in the shop.

Warwickshire Police have refused to release the audio to the press.

The recording was made on the former bouncer’s phone three seconds after the boy was squirted with acid by Adam Cech, 27, at 2.16pm on July 21 last year.

Last week in court Cech accepted the footage showed him carrying out the act but said he did not know what was in the bottle.

Dudi is on trial with Cech and five other defendants, including the child’s father, a 40-year-old Afghan.

They deny conspiracy to apply a corrosive fluid with intent to burn, maim, disable or disfigure the boy or do him grievous bodily harm.

Giving evidence, Dudi claimed the recording was made by accident as he talked to his wife using the app while he asked her if he should buy toys for their children.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told Dudi he must have pressed the icon to record the audio.

He asked: ‘You just happened to do that three seconds after the attack was carried out?’

Speaking through a Slovak interpreter Dudi answered: ‘While I was on the phone perhaps I pressed something, I don’t know.’

When asked if he was suggesting he had not pressed the icon deliberately he answered ‘yes’.

He was asked if he knew whether it was possible to make an audio recording while still engaged in a Facebook Messenger call and he replied ‘I don’t know’.

Mr Rees said: ‘I suggest that the reason you made that recording was to get evidence that the attack had been carried out.’

Dudi denied this was the case. Raising his voice slightly, Mr Rees said: ‘You deliberately recorded that little boy crying after the attack, didn’t you?’

Dudi replied: ‘No’.

Dudi claims he entered the shop to carry out surveillance on a woman suspected of cheating by her estranged husband.

Mr Rees also asked him why he had left the shop so soon if his purpose for going in there was to ‘watch the woman’, the mother of the child who suffered the burns.

Dudi said the intention was to continue to watch her from the car but Pulko had said they should all go home because they were ‘tired’.

Mr Rees also asked him why he was later paid £150 if he had left the store and ‘aborted the (surveillance) mission’.

Mr Rees said: ‘All three of you decided to get out of Home Bargains quickly because all three of you had succeeded in carrying out the acid attack.

‘It’s just rubbish isn’t it Mr Dudi? Your account of why you left is absolute rubbish, isn’t it?’

Dudi replied ‘No’.

He was also asked why his ‘best friend’, Cech, had carried out an attack without telling him.

Didi said: ‘I don’t know. Probably he was worried I might stop him.’

The father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of paying six others to attack the boy in a bid to shame his estranged wife.

Prosecutors say he hoped to show she was an unfit mother who could not protect her children in order to try and win custody of them.

Cech, Dudi, and Martina Badiova, 22, all of Handsworth, Birmingham, deny plotting an acid attack, along with Norbert Pulko, 22, of Tottenham, North London.

The boy’s father and Jabar Paktia, 41, both of Wolverhampton, also deny the charge as does Saied Hussini, 41, of Harlsden, West London.

The trial continues. He was also asked why his ‘best friend’, Cech, had carried out an attack without telling him reports Daily Mail.

Didi said: ‘I don’t know. Probably he was worried I might stop him.’

The father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of paying six others to attack the boy in a bid to shame his estranged wife.

Prosecutors say he hoped to show she was an unfit mother who could not protect her children in order to try and win custody of them.

Cech, Dudi, and Martina Badiova, 22, all of Handsworth, Birmingham, deny plotting an acid attack, along with Norbert Pulko, 22, of Tottenham, North London.

The boy’s father and Jabar Paktia, 41, both of Wolverhampton, also deny the charge as does Saied Hussini, 41, of Harlsden, West London.

The trial continues.

UK policeman’s promotion overlooked for 11 years because of his Pakistani origin

LONDON: A police sergeant in the UK police, who served the department for 23 years, was overlooked for promotion in favour of ‘less experienced, less qualified, white’ officers because of his Pakistani ethnic origins, a tribunal has ruled.

Feeling marginalized on what happened with the long-serving cop, 54-year-old Zaheer Ahmed dragged the North Yorkshire Police to court and said snub to him was racially-motivated which was later proved by the employment tribunal, reported the Daily Mail.

The 54-year-old – who left the force last year – will now receive damages payout in a remedies hearing that will be held on a date still to be fixed.

The tribunal, held at Teesside magistrates court, ruled: ‘The tribunal has concluded that a white police sergeant who had passed his or her inspectors’ exams and was seeking promotion would not have been treated in the same way the claimant was to the extent that the various obstacles would not have been placed in that officer’s way.

‘The tribunal is satisfied that the reason why this claimant was treated that way was as a result of unconscious race discrimination because of the claimant’s protected characteristic of his Pakistani ethnic origin.’

Mr Ahmed was subjected to ‘unconscious race discrimination’, plus two instances of ‘direct discrimination’, the tribunal said.

Mr Zaheer left the force after hitting a ‘glass ceiling’ in September last year when he was overlooked several times for promotion.

He began working for the force in June 1994 and was promoted to sergeant in 2006 but was unable to progress further for the next 11 years.

Mr Ahmed said: ‘I served as a police officer for 23 years, I gave my life to the job and was eager to succeed in my career.

‘I did a great deal of overtime, worked on my rest days and routinely requested to be kept in mind for any experience.

‘My loyalty and dedication has been rewarded with resistance and humiliation. I had an immense sense of pride of being a police officer and that I was part of this organisation. To have experienced and witnessed the discrimination within the organisation, I can no longer be proud. I am disappointed and I am hurt.”

‘North Yorkshire Police employs a minimum of 44 police officers and police staff from black or minority ethnic backgrounds, and we are absolutely committed to making sure that every single one of those people has every possible chance to thrive in our organisation.

Father who was denied a heart transplant has died aged 38

A father who was denied a heart transplant on the NHS has died.

Nasar Ullah Khan, a Pakistani citizen, was ordered to pay £32,000 for end-of-life care.

The 38-year-old spent his final moments with wife Sania Butt and his children Abdullah Muhammad, ten, and Saif Ullah, eight.

Mr Khan was told he could not have a transplant because he had overstayed his visa BirminghamLive reports.

He was discharged from Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Wednesday and died at St Mary’s Hospice at 2pm on Thursday. He was just 38.

His funeral took place today in Birmingham and his body is due to be repatriated to his Jhelum in Pakistan for burial.

His younger brother Faisal Hanif spoke to BirminghamLive briefly today.

He said: “We’re all OK. Sania, his wife, was crying for hours.

“It’s tough for us all and difficult. His funeral is taking place today, it’s incredibly sad. I’ve lost my brother.”

Speaking earlier this week, Faisal said: “His wife has not left his side, she has been at the hospital 24 hours.

“My brother came here for a better life, he went to London at first but I invited him to Birmingham to be with my family because he was alone.

“Then he found a flat just a five-minute walk from us. He had tried to work but he had overstayed his visa and he had heart problems, which meant he had collapsed several times and needed treatment.

“In August, he was struggling with his health and he had decided to go back to Pakistan to be with his family, he had completed all the paperwork, but then he had a cardiac arrest and he needed treatment at Heartlands Hospital.

“I am disappointed because we were told on December 14 that he would be considered for a transplant and they would look into placing him on the waiting list, they were saying he would be having tests and scans.

“Then they said he would not be eligible because of his immigration status, because he did not have leave to remain.”

Mr Khan, who had been in the UK for nine years, was refused an operation because he did not have leave to remain in the country.

He was being granted palliative care but had been told he will have to foot a £32,000 bill.

“The NHS are not chasing us for the bill, but we don’t know what is going to happen,” Faisal said.

Doctors of the World, a humanitarian group supporting people denied access to healthcare, took up Mr Khan’s case, helping to secure ‘fast-track’ visas for his wife and sons to travel from Pakistan.

In a further show of support, businessmen in Birmingham rallied to raise the funds for the end-of-life care and to support Mr Khan and his family.

Mr Khan entered the UK as a visitor with ‘entry clearance’ that expired in 2011 but remained in the UK without appropriate leave.

He made an unsuccessful request to the Home Office for further leave under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

As he is too unwell to travel back to Pakistan, he had made a ‘fast-track’ application for visas allowing his wife and sons to travel to his bedside.

Connected to his tubes from his hospital bed, Mr Khan made a direct appeal to the British and Pakistani authorities to speed up the process, thought to have been mired in red tape.

His prayers were answered and he had an emotional reunion with his family in his hospital room two weeks ago.

IMO launch Chai and Chat Sessions for men

The Inter Madrassah Organisation have launched Chai & Chat Sessions for Men who are looking to get out and engage in a safe comfortable environment.

They are hoping to run a programme that can be co-produced with the participants, who may have had struggles in life contributing to low mood, anxiety, or other difficulties with maintaining their emotional and mental wellbeing.

Afshan Akhtar, Health & Well-being Director at IMO said “Following the success of our Women 4 Women groups, I hope that the men’s session and activities provide room for early detection of symptoms and signposting also, to assist early intervention where necessary and improve the mental wellness of the local men”.

Professor Dominic Harrison Director of Public Health and Wellbeing Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council said “Improving the emotional and mental health of both men and women is a key priority for health and wellbeing improvement in both Blackburn with Darwen and across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

“The focus on men’s mental health in this initiative, led by the IMO, is particularly welcomed at this time. Men are often less good than women at ‘help-seeking’. This can mean that poor health – including poor mental health – can often get much worse than it needs to. Early help is good for us all”.

IMO say they now have a professionally qualified Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) with inpatient and crisis experience, to assist with and facilitate the programme, from whom professional advice and support can also be sought.

Chai & Chaat

Ahmed Emam, Registered Mental Nurse for IMO said “IMO are planning activities which will or can include walking, playing football, going out to watch a football match, cooking, crafts, woodwork, Eco-therapy, Mental Health awareness sessions etc. providing a safe, confidential and comfortable environment for them to express themselves, their thoughts and feelings”.

The first session took place on Thursday 14 February 2019 at the Masjid-E-Sajideen, Little Harwood, Blackburn.

Cllr Salim Sidat MBE, Chairman of Masjid Sajideen said: “As a local councillor and the chair for the mosque, I understand mental health is a big issue within the community. As an organisation it is important we cater for the health & wellbeing needs for everyone we serve.

“Our aim is to support the local people towards improving their mental and physical wellness. We are excited in working with a grassroots BwD charity IMO on this project”.