MP visits Nelson mosque to discuss Pakistan clashes

This Is Lancashire: MP visits Nelson mosque to discuss Pakistan clashes MP visits Nelson mosque to discuss Pakistan clashes

PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson has called for a ‘full, independent inquiry’ into clashes between police and protesters in Lahore that has left eight people dead.

Mr Stephenson was invited to Friday prayers last week at the Jamia Masjid Minhaj-ul-Quran Mosque, in Brunswick Street, Nelson, to talk about the incident.

Violence erupted outside the Minhaj-ul-Quran headquarters in Lahore two weeks ago.

Mr Stephenson said: “I was invited to address Friday prayers to talk about what happened in Lahore this week. I signed a petition outside the mosque ahead of Friday prayers.

“I raised what happened in Lahore in the House of Commons. What happened has had a big impact on the Muslim community in Pendle as two Mosques (Carr Road and Brunswick Street) are run by the Minhaj-ul-Quran organisation.

“In my remarks I expressed my deep concern at what had happened and said I had raised this issue with the Foreign Office as well as writing to the Pakistani High Commissioner in London calling for a full independent inquiry into what happened.”

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Stephenson said: “This incident has caused outrage not just across Pakistan but across the Pakistani community living in the UK, so may we have a debate on what happened and on what pressure the UK Government can bring to bear on the Pakistani Government to ensure that a full inquiry is held?”

A judicial inquiry into the events has already been established by the Chief Minister of Punjab.

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2:01pm Sun 29 Jun 14

child44 says...

This is really f***ed up. Is it Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle, or Andrew Stephenson MP for Lahore, Pakistan?
This is really f***ed up. Is it Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle, or Andrew Stephenson MP for Lahore, Pakistan? child44
  • Score: 48

2:02pm Sun 29 Jun 14

PK Bailey says...

M.P. for Pendle, perhaps he should concentrate on that more!
M.P. for Pendle, perhaps he should concentrate on that more! PK Bailey
  • Score: 45

2:15pm Sun 29 Jun 14

glossopkid says...

child44 wrote:
This is really f***ed up. Is it Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle, or Andrew Stephenson MP for Lahore, Pakistan?
I'm totally fed up of this situation where our politicians seem to ask for investigations within other countries. These so called members of the community are also defined as British citizens. This has not happened in this country and I for one am not interested in what has happened in Pakistan, Pluto or else where.
MP for Pendle, how about putting your efforts for the people who need your support in PENDLE.
[quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: This is really f***ed up. Is it Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle, or Andrew Stephenson MP for Lahore, Pakistan?[/p][/quote]I'm totally fed up of this situation where our politicians seem to ask for investigations within other countries. These so called members of the community are also defined as British citizens. This has not happened in this country and I for one am not interested in what has happened in Pakistan, Pluto or else where. MP for Pendle, how about putting your efforts for the people who need your support in PENDLE. glossopkid
  • Score: 50

2:19pm Sun 29 Jun 14

the beaver says...

It is none of our business concentrate on Britain never mind anywhere else. Have we not learnt from Iraq and Afghanistan keep your nose out leave well alone. Andrew Stephenson do you really think anyone in Pakistan will listen to you your having a laugh! How can you possibly be taken seriously?
It is none of our business concentrate on Britain never mind anywhere else. Have we not learnt from Iraq and Afghanistan keep your nose out leave well alone. Andrew Stephenson do you really think anyone in Pakistan will listen to you your having a laugh! How can you possibly be taken seriously? the beaver
  • Score: 40

2:22pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Openminded? says...

As a Muslim, living in Nelson, I have to agree with the above, whats it got to do with him? He is an MP for Pendle, stick to that !
As a Muslim, living in Nelson, I have to agree with the above, whats it got to do with him? He is an MP for Pendle, stick to that ! Openminded?
  • Score: 49

3:54pm Sun 29 Jun 14

woolywords says...

It's good that he has outside interests, as it's saving him from going mad with impotency; where he cannot solve any of the local problems, due to the budget restraints of his own party.
Failing schools, pot-holed roads, declining industry, rising unemployment, lack of social housing, rising crime...and all the rest of problems that have occurred while he has held the position of MP. I think that many of us would sooner like to find something more diverting, than the ordure under our noses.
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Mr Stephenson, do you think that, if the people of Pendle didn't flush their toilets so much, the Seychelles wouldn't be sinking under water, so fast?
It's good that he has outside interests, as it's saving him from going mad with impotency; where he cannot solve any of the local problems, due to the budget restraints of his own party. Failing schools, pot-holed roads, declining industry, rising unemployment, lack of social housing, rising crime...and all the rest of problems that have occurred while he has held the position of MP. I think that many of us would sooner like to find something more diverting, than the ordure under our noses. ... Mr Stephenson, do you think that, if the people of Pendle didn't flush their toilets so much, the Seychelles wouldn't be sinking under water, so fast? woolywords
  • Score: 18

4:48pm Sun 29 Jun 14

phil kernot says...

Let's stay out of country's problems it's got nowt to do with us so whys the clown stirring it up ,,
Let's stay out of country's problems it's got nowt to do with us so whys the clown stirring it up ,, phil kernot
  • Score: 23

5:54pm Sun 29 Jun 14

forever blue and white says...

Just heard the local MP in Lahore is asking for an enquiry in to why someone from Pendle in England is sticking his nose in business that is so far removed from being his concern that it beggars belief that it has even been raised as an issue in the first place. Whilst I don't live in Pendle I am very confident that Pendle will have more than enough problems for this MP to deal with rather than trying to deal with a problem in another country and win cheap votes with a minority group at the same time. Of course I am sure now I will be accused of being racist.
Just heard the local MP in Lahore is asking for an enquiry in to why someone from Pendle in England is sticking his nose in business that is so far removed from being his concern that it beggars belief that it has even been raised as an issue in the first place. Whilst I don't live in Pendle I am very confident that Pendle will have more than enough problems for this MP to deal with rather than trying to deal with a problem in another country and win cheap votes with a minority group at the same time. Of course I am sure now I will be accused of being racist. forever blue and white
  • Score: 30

7:45pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Bluelizzy says...

Pick a side. Stick to it.
Pick a side. Stick to it. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 12

8:09pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Catty girl says...

I agree with the other comments why is he getting involved in other countries problems he is the pendle MP not Lahore! He should be sorting out the mess at Colne Health Centre ! And fighting to get the Pharmacy re-located into the new building and the other GPs because NHS England are trying to rip them off! Concentrate on matters in your home town Mr Stephenson and the people of pendle will respect you more,
I agree with the other comments why is he getting involved in other countries problems he is the pendle MP not Lahore! He should be sorting out the mess at Colne Health Centre ! And fighting to get the Pharmacy re-located into the new building and the other GPs because NHS England are trying to rip them off! Concentrate on matters in your home town Mr Stephenson and the people of pendle will respect you more, Catty girl
  • Score: 24

10:04pm Sun 29 Jun 14

oldblue says...

I think it's known as pandering to the Asian vote. Just like Jack Straw did so successfully in Blackburn.
I think it's known as pandering to the Asian vote. Just like Jack Straw did so successfully in Blackburn. oldblue
  • Score: 20

12:25am Mon 30 Jun 14

ToffeeGuy says...

Perhaps the parishioners of churches in Pendle should ask their local MP to raise the issue in parliament of the torching of four churches in Nigeria today.

Some hope.
Perhaps the parishioners of churches in Pendle should ask their local MP to raise the issue in parliament of the torching of four churches in Nigeria today. Some hope. ToffeeGuy
  • Score: 17

7:12am Mon 30 Jun 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Nothing at all to do with a Pendle MP or the muslims who have chosen to emigrate to Pendle and settle there.

It's time we started keeping out noses out of other countries business.
Nothing at all to do with a Pendle MP or the muslims who have chosen to emigrate to Pendle and settle there. It's time we started keeping out noses out of other countries business. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 11

7:18am Mon 30 Jun 14

jenkinsroy says...

Well Andrew we ALL know you're only going here money and votes you cannot help them? Till your boss in government lets you right? How about your answer my email about problems in COLNE that i sent? I know for a fact you are blocking my emails because. I have had my servers look into the problem. And they confirm at your end I am being blocked the question? Will not go away because you wish not to reply to them. So STOP your attitude to me and do your job we pay for. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY QUESTION TELL ME? DO NOT JUST SIT THERE AND DELETE THEM ANSWERS THEM AS I WILL GO ELSE WHERE FOR THE INFORMATION AND IF IT IS NOT CORRECT AND IT PUT YOU IN AN EMBARRASSING POSITION SO BE IT? SO STOP MESSING NOW AND DO YOUR JOB RIGHT. BY THE WAY YOU KNOW I LIVE IN COLNE NOT THE E.U.
Well Andrew we ALL know you're only going here money and votes you cannot help them? Till your boss in government lets you right? How about your answer my email about problems in COLNE that i sent? I know for a fact you are blocking my emails because. I have had my servers look into the problem. And they confirm at your end I am being blocked the question? Will not go away because you wish not to reply to them. So STOP your attitude to me and do your job we pay for. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY QUESTION TELL ME? DO NOT JUST SIT THERE AND DELETE THEM ANSWERS THEM AS I WILL GO ELSE WHERE FOR THE INFORMATION AND IF IT IS NOT CORRECT AND IT PUT YOU IN AN EMBARRASSING POSITION SO BE IT? SO STOP MESSING NOW AND DO YOUR JOB RIGHT. BY THE WAY YOU KNOW I LIVE IN COLNE NOT THE E.U. jenkinsroy
  • Score: 15

9:52am Mon 30 Jun 14

Commenting says...

We are getting close to a general election and the Pakistani Muslim vote is quite significant in Pendle.
Is he looking for votes or am I being cynical?
We are getting close to a general election and the Pakistani Muslim vote is quite significant in Pendle. Is he looking for votes or am I being cynical? Commenting
  • Score: 14

11:16am Mon 30 Jun 14

rggraham1947 says...

Openminded? wrote:
As a Muslim, living in Nelson, I have to agree with the above, whats it got to do with him? He is an MP for Pendle, stick to that !
As a Muslim, living in Nelson, what's it got to do with you?
[quote][p][bold]Openminded?[/bold] wrote: As a Muslim, living in Nelson, I have to agree with the above, whats it got to do with him? He is an MP for Pendle, stick to that ![/p][/quote]As a Muslim, living in Nelson, what's it got to do with you? rggraham1947
  • Score: 2

1:43pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Benpupdog says...

Muslims are fighting and killing each other all over the world. (ISIS Islamists Slaughtering Islamists Superb). Let them get on with it, the more the better. Who in the modern educated world really gives a sh1t.
Muslims are fighting and killing each other all over the world. (ISIS Islamists Slaughtering Islamists Superb). Let them get on with it, the more the better. Who in the modern educated world really gives a sh1t. Benpupdog
  • Score: 8

7:02pm Mon 30 Jun 14

timeforcommonsense says...

Another numpty trying to make a name for himself. Why should UK tax payers foot the bill for an inquiry into something that happened in Lahore? Absolutely ludicrous.
Another numpty trying to make a name for himself. Why should UK tax payers foot the bill for an inquiry into something that happened in Lahore? Absolutely ludicrous. timeforcommonsense
  • Score: 6

7:20pm Mon 30 Jun 14

travel happy wanderer says...

Another Jack Straw in the making .He is looking for the Asian voter he should his nose out and look after Pendle and leave Pakistan to the Pakistan government.
Another Jack Straw in the making .He is looking for the Asian voter he should his nose out and look after Pendle and leave Pakistan to the Pakistan government. travel happy wanderer
  • Score: 5

9:16pm Mon 30 Jun 14

slants says...

Pakikstan is the scuum country of the world at the moment; the US declared it a TERRORIST COUNTRY.as far as i'm concerned we are at war with islam
It beggars belief why this moron MP should brazenly declare his fiddles for the stani vote and stick his nose up their robes so far .
Pakikstan is the scuum country of the world at the moment; the US declared it a TERRORIST COUNTRY.as far as i'm concerned we are at war with islam It beggars belief why this moron MP should brazenly declare his fiddles for the stani vote and stick his nose up their robes so far . slants
  • Score: 4

10:56pm Mon 30 Jun 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

child44 wrote:
This is really f***ed up. Is it Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle, or Andrew Stephenson MP for Lahore, Pakistan?
its Andrew Stephenson for himself and anybody not English and who can get his name in lights
[quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: This is really f***ed up. Is it Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle, or Andrew Stephenson MP for Lahore, Pakistan?[/p][/quote]its Andrew Stephenson for himself and anybody not English and who can get his name in lights ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 3

11:03pm Mon 30 Jun 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

forever blue and white wrote:
Just heard the local MP in Lahore is asking for an enquiry in to why someone from Pendle in England is sticking his nose in business that is so far removed from being his concern that it beggars belief that it has even been raised as an issue in the first place. Whilst I don't live in Pendle I am very confident that Pendle will have more than enough problems for this MP to deal with rather than trying to deal with a problem in another country and win cheap votes with a minority group at the same time. Of course I am sure now I will be accused of being racist.
its people like Stephenson that make people Racist!!! I hope the LET show the clown these comments!!!
[quote][p][bold]forever blue and white[/bold] wrote: Just heard the local MP in Lahore is asking for an enquiry in to why someone from Pendle in England is sticking his nose in business that is so far removed from being his concern that it beggars belief that it has even been raised as an issue in the first place. Whilst I don't live in Pendle I am very confident that Pendle will have more than enough problems for this MP to deal with rather than trying to deal with a problem in another country and win cheap votes with a minority group at the same time. Of course I am sure now I will be accused of being racist.[/p][/quote]its people like Stephenson that make people Racist!!! I hope the LET show the clown these comments!!! ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 3

5:56am Tue 1 Jul 14

Ronnietate says...

What about the recent terrible building collapse in Lahore, or the school girls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Harem in Nigeria, or the fighting in Kiev, between pro and anti Russian forces in the Ukraine, or the other terrorist group the ISIL Fighters in Iraq, or the displacement of indigenous peoples in northern Canada, so an oil pipeline can be built, or the refugee crisis in Syria? The list goes on and on and on and, you get it? There are many horrible things going on in the world, in fact too many to mention here. We can't really do much to influence these things, so please put your energy into things that you can influence, here at home. You can't save the world.
What about the recent terrible building collapse in Lahore, or the school girls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Harem in Nigeria, or the fighting in Kiev, between pro and anti Russian forces in the Ukraine, or the other terrorist group the ISIL Fighters in Iraq, or the displacement of indigenous peoples in northern Canada, so an oil pipeline can be built, or the refugee crisis in Syria? The list goes on and on and on and, you get it? There are many horrible things going on in the world, in fact too many to mention here. We can't really do much to influence these things, so please put your energy into things that you can influence, here at home. You can't save the world. Ronnietate
  • Score: 4

3:26pm Wed 2 Jul 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

Catty girl wrote:
I agree with the other comments why is he getting involved in other countries problems he is the pendle MP not Lahore! He should be sorting out the mess at Colne Health Centre ! And fighting to get the Pharmacy re-located into the new building and the other GPs because NHS England are trying to rip them off! Concentrate on matters in your home town Mr Stephenson and the people of pendle will respect you more,
he's past getting any respect.the man is nothing but an attention seeking parasite!!
[quote][p][bold]Catty girl[/bold] wrote: I agree with the other comments why is he getting involved in other countries problems he is the pendle MP not Lahore! He should be sorting out the mess at Colne Health Centre ! And fighting to get the Pharmacy re-located into the new building and the other GPs because NHS England are trying to rip them off! Concentrate on matters in your home town Mr Stephenson and the people of pendle will respect you more,[/p][/quote]he's past getting any respect.the man is nothing but an attention seeking parasite!! ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 1

6:55pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Wetwangman says...

Hey, Mr Stephenson.....
Don't bother getting involved with this. The postal vote fraud in your constituency always goes to a chap with a different politic to yours. Don't bother sucking up, just stop the fraud !
Hey, Mr Stephenson..... Don't bother getting involved with this. The postal vote fraud in your constituency always goes to a chap with a different politic to yours. Don't bother sucking up, just stop the fraud ! Wetwangman
  • Score: 1

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