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Leading the Charge Against Sara Khan: Islamist Azad Ali, MEND and CAGE.

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Islamists Leading Campaign against Sara Khan. 

Azad Ali is an Islamist, who has indulged himself in the past in violent rhetoric.

He is now the leader of Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND), the self-appointed group in pole position in the charge against Sara Khan and her nomination as head of the Anti-extremism Commission, or the Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism.

This is a report on him from April 2017.

Azad Ali has been appointed to lead the Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) organization, which lobbies MPs, the police, councils, teachers, and related groups on anti-Muslim prejudice.

Ali lost a libel case brought against the Mail newspapers in 2010. He had objected to being branded what he termed “a hardline Islamic extremist who supports the killing of British and American soldiers in Iraq by fellow Muslims as justified.

RT (Russia Today) continues,

Azad Ali was criticized for his response to the March 22 Westminster attack.

In a Facebook post, he denied it had been an act of terrorism, insisting that it was “an incident we now know to be a lone wolf act.”

His legal representatives Carter-Ruck law firm have since said their client was referring to the meaning of terrorism as an organized attack by established groups.

They said that their client thought the Westminster attack, in which five people including the attacker Khalid Masood and a police officer died, was barbarous and unjustifiable.

There is plenty of previous in this individual’s background, (Wikipedia)

“In 2010 Andrew Gilligan produced a Dispatches documentary focused on the Islamic Forum of Europe. An undercover reported followed Ali for 8 months[6] and recorded a live IFE radio show where they showed Ali saying “Democracy, if it means at the expense of not implementing the sharia, of course no one agrees with that.”[18] Ali subsequently claimed that the quote was taken out of context and portrayed as though it was his opinion of democracy in non-Muslim countries. “The comment was in response to a caller who asked a question about democracy in a Muslim majority country and whether I support it. I answered yes of course and I gave the example of how some of the Muslim rulers were elected in history. The caller then asked would people, that is Muslim people in a Muslim majority country accept democracy if it didn’t implement shari’ah – to which I answered of course they wouldn’t.”[6]

Ali later attacked the undercover reporter on the IFE’s official radio station, saying: “We’ve got a picture of you and a lot more than you thought we had. We’ve tracked you down to different places. And if people are gonna turn what I’ve just said into a threat, that’s their fault, innit?

Apparently he is also “Vice chair” of something called Unite Against Fascism  – a very unifying figure no doubt.

He also has ties to CAGE, (Wikipedia), another group with plenty of previous:

In an interview featured in Episode 5 of Julian Assange‘s World Tomorrow broadcast by RT on 15 May 2012, representatives of Cage Moazzam Begg and Asim Qureshi expressed support for the principle of creating an Islamic caliphate, including precise implementation of Sharia law. During the interview Qureshi expressed support for the principle of death by stoning for adultery and other death penalties prescribed by Islamic law “as long as all due process elements are met”.[45] In a 2015 interview on BBC This Week, Andrew Neil repeatedly asked Cage Research Director Asim Qureshi to clarify their position on Sharia law and Qureshi again refused to condemn stoning to death for adulterers.

CAGE tweeted this yesterday

CAGE is actively engaged in denying the reality of genocidal Islamist groups such as Daesh.

It thinks it’s all a matter of the invention of an ‘Other’.

Ali is, nobody will surprised to hear, a leading  campaigner against Sara Khan,





Written by Andrew Coates

January 27, 2018 at 5:25 pm

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  1. Is this the same Azad Ali who was involved in Respect and Unite Against Fascism?

    Dave Roberts

    January 29, 2018 at 9:40 pm

  2. Andrew Coates

    January 30, 2018 at 1:14 pm

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