Pakistani politician goes on trial over alleged child sex offences in UK

Muhammad Khurram Khan, a prominent figure in Pakistani politics. — Reporter
  • Muhammad Khurram Khan touched down in the UK earlier this year.
  • Khurram is faced with two serious allegations.
  • He participated in a court session via video from Kingston Crown Court.

LONDON: Muhammad Khurram Khan, a reputable member of a well-known Mansehra, Abbottabad political dynasty, is currently standing trial for purported child sex crimes.

New details reveal that the 60-year-old Khan, who came to the UK to take part in his son’s legal graduation festivities, is now accused of engaging in sexual communication with a minor. British detective work has led to his present entanglement with the law.

The Kingston Crown Court prosecution has informed the presiding judge that Khan faces two specific charges, including “attempted sexual communications with a child” and “arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence”.

Khan, who visited the UK on a temporary visa and is associated with the Khan khel lineage, was present at the court proceeding via a video connection from Wandsworth Prison, where he is detained. Arrested earlier this year, he has been held without the option of bail.

Charlene Sumnall, acting as Khan’s legal counsel, stated that her client firmly denies the accusations of engaging in unlawful conduct with a minor. Associates of Khan affirm his innocence, suggesting a conspiracy to tarnish his reputation. A confidant of Khan’s professed to Geo News that the allegations leveled against him are unfounded.

Authorities allege Khan believed he was interacting with a female beneath the age of 17 through social media, but in actuality, he was communicating with an undercover law enforcement officer.

In the UK, the 2003 Sexual Offences Act stipulates that individuals must be 16 or older to legally consent to sexual activity, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Khan holds familial ties with political figures including Shahzada Gustasap Khan, a National Assembly member affiliated with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, who recently triumphed in a political contest against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. There are no indications suggesting Khan’s family is in any way connected to his alleged improprieties in the UK.

Khan’s father, Mohammad Hanif Khan, also boasts a political legacy, having served in the National Assembly and holding positions such as deputy speaker and federal minister, formerly aligning with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

Receiving his formative education at Lawrence College Gora Gali and Burn Hall School & College Abbottabad, Khan has a legal education but has not engaged in active practice. His political experience includes roles like Tehsil Nazim of Mansehra and Chairman of Khaghan Development Authority.

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