UK child-sex offender who fled to Pakistan arrested
LONDON: Pakistan is set to extradite a convicted child sex offender to the UK after he was arrested in Punjab, a joint UK, and Pakistan operation.
Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain was arrested during a joint operation between the Federal Investigation Agency, and the UK’s National Crime Agency, in Sangla City in Punjab on 26th January Saturday, officials said.
Ikhalaq Hussain was part of a group of men who were jailed for abusing dozens of girls following an investigation centered on the town of Rochdale near Manchester.
He was born in 1977 in Pakistan and lived at Mayfield Terrace in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.
The men groomed the girls with gifts and plied them with alcohol and drugs before forcing them to have sex with others.
The arrest of this individual, who has been convicted of sexual offenses by a British court, is a significant achievement and another excellent example of UK-Pakistan cooperation in tackling international criminality and impunity. The British High Commissioner Thomas Drew said to Pakistan said.
I would like to thank the F.I.A and Panjab Police for their dedication in the execution of this operation. Hussain’s case will now go to courts, who will decide whether to approve his extradition to the UK.
Pakistani courts will now decide whether to extradite Ikhlaq Hussain back to Britain.