London, May 18 (ANI): Two of the twelve Pakistani students, who were arrested on terror charges in raids conducted across north-west Britain in April last year, have won their legal battle against their extradition from the country.
The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) has upheld Abid Naseer and Ahmad Faraz Khan's appeals against their deportation, The Telegraph reports.
British authorities who described the SIAC's judgement as disappointing, said the government would now try and ensure that the Pakistani men do not engage in any terror activities in the country.
"We are disappointed that the court has ruled that Abid Naseer and Ahmad Faraz Khan should not be deported to Pakistan, which we were seeking on national security grounds. As the court agreed, they are a security risk to the UK. We are now taking all possible measures to ensure they do not engage in terrorist activity," the paper quoted Home Secretary Theresa May, as saying.
"Protecting the public is the Government's top priority," May added.
The British authorities had failed to bring up charges against any of the arrested men, but had decided to deport them for being a 'security risk'.
Two of the arrested men Abdul Wahab Khan, and Tariq Ur Rehman, have already returned to Pakistan after their appeals against exclusion were rejected.
It was for the first time that Pakistanis on student visas were detained on such serious charges.
All the arrested Pakistani nationals belong to the North West Frontier Province, the hot bed of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
British security agencies suspect that several of the men arrested were trained at religious schools in Pakistan and sent to launch suicide attacks on the West. They were planning to wreak havoc across Britain on the occasion of Easter last year. (ANI)