By Raza Ruman
(Pak Destiny) The sister of Pakistani-origin terrorist Khuram Shahzad Butt has to pay the price of his brother’s terror act as she lost her job in the UK.
According to the Daily Mirror, Haleema Butt and her husband, Usman Dar, were suspended soon after the attack on June 4 and questioned by security services.
Ms Haleema, 28, mother of two, has now had her employment terminated. “Our top priority is always the safety and security of our passengers and colleagues. In co-ordination with the authorities, an investigation is under way and as a precautionary measure, we have taken action to suspend two individuals,” a Heathrow spokesperson said.
As there is no suggestion that Haleema Butt or Usman Darr are extremists or knew what Khuram Butt was planning, Haleema is believed to have had her contract terminated following a probe over staff vetting procedures.
Khuram Butt, ringleader of the terrorists who crashed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a stabbing spree in nearby Borough Market claiming eight lives, was known to the UK’s M15 intelligence services as a key figure in the extremist group Al-Muhajiroun.
Butt grew up in east London along with his older sister, who is believed to have got the job at Heathrow just two months before the attack. “Security roles at places such as Heathrow are critical these are the people stopping terrorists putting bombs on planes. We need to be doing more to check the names of employees against terror watch lists,” Col Hamish de Bretton Gordon, former head of chemical weapons for NATO and the British Army, said.
This is another example of how the family members of terrorists have to pay the price of their bad deeds. In this case a sister paid what his brother did. There has been no justification to action against the family members of terrorists but this is the reality as well. Pak Destiny