The Lord has been suspended by the Labor Party - which is probably the mildest punishment anyone could think of. The first Muslim Life Peer, Lord Ahmed is upset with the US for placing a bounty on the leader of the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed. LeT were responsible for the horrific Mumbai massacre among other atrocities. They live and train in the open, protected by Pakistan.
Ahmed is now claiming he never said anything about a bounty:
"I never said those words. I did not offer a bounty. I said that there have been war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan and those people who have got strong allegations against them - George W Bush and Tony Blair - have been involved in illegal wars and should be brought to justice.
That's not what the International Herald Tribune says he said:
He made the announcement at a reception arranged in his honour by the business community of Haripur on Friday. Former foreign minister Goher Ayub Khan, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl's (JUI-F) central leader Hafiz Hussain Ahmed and provincial Minister for Education Qazi Muhammad Asad were also present on the occasion.
Lord Nazir said that the bounty placed on Saeed was an insult to all Muslims and by doing so President Obama has challenged the dignity of the Muslim Ummah.
"If the US can announce a reward of $10 million for the captor of Hafiz Saeed, I can announce a bounty of 10 million pounds on President Obama and his predecessor George Bush," Lord Nazir said, adding that he would arrange the bounty at any cost even if he was left with the option of selling all his personal assets, including his house.
The H-T is either making up an extraordinarily detailed story, or Ahmed is lying. Given what we know about Muslims and their hair trigger outrage reflex at anything that even smells of an insult, I'll put my money on the H-T story.