Great Harwood politician visits Bosnia to raise awareness of genocide

Coun Noordad Aziz with the delegation at the residency of the Grand Mufti of Bosnia

Coun Aziz kneels beside a plaque commemorating the spot where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

A GREAT Harwood councillor said he pondered on the sacrifice soldiers from Hyndburn made while on a recent trip to Bosnia, which he visited as part of a government delegation.

Councillor Noordad Aziz visited the former war-torn country to raise awareness of the genocide of 8,000 Muslim men who lost their lives in Srebrenica.

Coun Aziz also met the Grand Mufti, or leader of the Muslim community, in Bosnia, Husein Kavazovic, Bosnian president Bakir Izetbegovic, and visited the spot where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914.

He said: “This killing began a series of events that led to the eruption of the First World War that changed the course of the world.

“I spent a moment of contemplation and I just pondered the impact that event had.”

Coun Aziz said that, while he was kneeling beside a plaque commemorating the exact spot the Archduke, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, died, he thought about the Accrington Pals.

He said: “The war is remembered in Hyndburn with the loss of the Accrington Pals and how it impacted my borough, with 720 men from the area going over the front line in France and, within minutes, 584 of those were killed in a massacre.”

The massacre in Srebrenica, in July 1995, was carried out by the Army of Republika Srpska and was considered by the secretary general of the United Nations as the ‘worst crime on European soil since the Second World War.

While Coun Aziz was at the airport waiting to return home, he said he was given an important message from the delegation’s head, Stephen Williams MP.

He said: “He reminded us that we had a duty to tackle hatred and intolerance in our communities, and share the message of Srebrenica in our communities.

“Then Reshad, our Bosnian guide who had accompanied us for three days gave the final message: ‘Don’t ever think it can’t happen to you.

“For 19 years I thought and believed that, and then one day it changed. I saw neighbours turn on each other.”

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3:37pm Wed 23 Apr 14

mavrick says...

So many lessons still to be learnt, I am proud to say Cllr Noordad Aziz has served GT Harwood well and placed us on the map. Some may call me biased but this is not a political statement. It is simply credit where it is due. As a councillor he has done a great job locally and internationally. We need people with his commitment in every party. Well done Noordad.
So many lessons still to be learnt, I am proud to say Cllr Noordad Aziz has served GT Harwood well and placed us on the map. Some may call me biased but this is not a political statement. It is simply credit where it is due. As a councillor he has done a great job locally and internationally. We need people with his commitment in every party. Well done Noordad. mavrick
  • Score: 7

3:43pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Apart from his personal satisfaction what was a local Great Harwood councillor doing in Bosnia, will this help his local community, why do the local working people of Great Harwood want to know about 8000 Muslims being killed (sad that it is).
I may be wrong but sounds like another freebie at the tax payers expense.
Apart from his personal satisfaction what was a local Great Harwood councillor doing in Bosnia, will this help his local community, why do the local working people of Great Harwood want to know about 8000 Muslims being killed (sad that it is). I may be wrong but sounds like another freebie at the tax payers expense. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: -1

11:12pm Wed 23 Apr 14

clickhere says...

mavrick wrote:
So many lessons still to be learnt, I am proud to say Cllr Noordad Aziz has served GT Harwood well and placed us on the map. Some may call me biased but this is not a political statement. It is simply credit where it is due. As a councillor he has done a great job locally and internationally. We need people with his commitment in every party. Well done Noordad.
Well said, Mavrick. I am in total agreement with your comments about Noordad. A great example to his fellow councillors.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: So many lessons still to be learnt, I am proud to say Cllr Noordad Aziz has served GT Harwood well and placed us on the map. Some may call me biased but this is not a political statement. It is simply credit where it is due. As a councillor he has done a great job locally and internationally. We need people with his commitment in every party. Well done Noordad.[/p][/quote]Well said, Mavrick. I am in total agreement with your comments about Noordad. A great example to his fellow councillors. clickhere
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11:16pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Steven11 says...

Who's paying for all of this , flying abroad . Does he travel with his wife and extended families ?
Who's paying for all of this , flying abroad . Does he travel with his wife and extended families ? Steven11
  • Score: -7

11:27pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Steven11 says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Apart from his personal satisfaction what was a local Great Harwood councillor doing in Bosnia, will this help his local community, why do the local working people of Great Harwood want to know about 8000 Muslims being killed (sad that it is).
I may be wrong but sounds like another freebie at the tax payers expense.
Spot on , freebies . Just think about all of this , Muslims are getting in to being councillors only to run our towns and councils , planning departments , as they attempt to take over our once nice and loved country . Just look at what they are trying to do in our schools in the midlands .
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Apart from his personal satisfaction what was a local Great Harwood councillor doing in Bosnia, will this help his local community, why do the local working people of Great Harwood want to know about 8000 Muslims being killed (sad that it is). I may be wrong but sounds like another freebie at the tax payers expense.[/p][/quote]Spot on , freebies . Just think about all of this , Muslims are getting in to being councillors only to run our towns and councils , planning departments , as they attempt to take over our once nice and loved country . Just look at what they are trying to do in our schools in the midlands . Steven11
  • Score: -4

6:21am Thu 24 Apr 14

Snuffy Arroder says...

Can anyone tell me who the Tory candidates are for the forthcoming local elections are??? Not one visit.as for Labour, their leader, three present members and two hopefuls have introduced themselves. Oh, and two problems I had have been resolved. Never voted labour in my life. Until now. Rant over.
Can anyone tell me who the Tory candidates are for the forthcoming local elections are??? Not one visit.as for Labour, their leader, three present members and two hopefuls have introduced themselves. Oh, and two problems I had have been resolved. Never voted labour in my life. Until now. Rant over. Snuffy Arroder
  • Score: 5

9:56am Thu 24 Apr 14

zaz2014 says...

Yes top man nordad good on you.
Yes top man nordad good on you. zaz2014
  • Score: 0

10:03am Thu 24 Apr 14

zaz2014 says...

Steven11 wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Apart from his personal satisfaction what was a local Great Harwood councillor doing in Bosnia, will this help his local community, why do the local working people of Great Harwood want to know about 8000 Muslims being killed (sad that it is).
I may be wrong but sounds like another freebie at the tax payers expense.
Spot on , freebies . Just think about all of this , Muslims are getting in to being councillors only to run our towns and councils , planning departments , as they attempt to take over our once nice and loved country . Just look at what they are trying to do in our schools in the midlands .
It shows muslims are the best so we going to rule country!
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Apart from his personal satisfaction what was a local Great Harwood councillor doing in Bosnia, will this help his local community, why do the local working people of Great Harwood want to know about 8000 Muslims being killed (sad that it is). I may be wrong but sounds like another freebie at the tax payers expense.[/p][/quote]Spot on , freebies . Just think about all of this , Muslims are getting in to being councillors only to run our towns and councils , planning departments , as they attempt to take over our once nice and loved country . Just look at what they are trying to do in our schools in the midlands .[/p][/quote]It shows muslims are the best so we going to rule country! zaz2014
  • Score: -10

10:16am Thu 24 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

zaz2014 wrote:
Steven11 wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Apart from his personal satisfaction what was a local Great Harwood councillor doing in Bosnia, will this help his local community, why do the local working people of Great Harwood want to know about 8000 Muslims being killed (sad that it is).
I may be wrong but sounds like another freebie at the tax payers expense.
Spot on , freebies . Just think about all of this , Muslims are getting in to being councillors only to run our towns and councils , planning departments , as they attempt to take over our once nice and loved country . Just look at what they are trying to do in our schools in the midlands .
It shows muslims are the best so we going to rule country!
Hi Zaz I honestly believe you when you say the Muslims are trying to take over, it's already been said about radicalising our schools, taking over towns not mixing, asking for Sharia law to be brought into this country, where does it end.
You can push the British public so far but watch out one day they will stop you I promise, all this because you won't mix with everyone else in our wonderful country, it's not to late, try promoting harmony not radicalisation.
[quote][p][bold]zaz2014[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Apart from his personal satisfaction what was a local Great Harwood councillor doing in Bosnia, will this help his local community, why do the local working people of Great Harwood want to know about 8000 Muslims being killed (sad that it is). I may be wrong but sounds like another freebie at the tax payers expense.[/p][/quote]Spot on , freebies . Just think about all of this , Muslims are getting in to being councillors only to run our towns and councils , planning departments , as they attempt to take over our once nice and loved country . Just look at what they are trying to do in our schools in the midlands .[/p][/quote]It shows muslims are the best so we going to rule country![/p][/quote]Hi Zaz I honestly believe you when you say the Muslims are trying to take over, it's already been said about radicalising our schools, taking over towns not mixing, asking for Sharia law to be brought into this country, where does it end. You can push the British public so far but watch out one day they will stop you I promise, all this because you won't mix with everyone else in our wonderful country, it's not to late, try promoting harmony not radicalisation. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 3

12:30pm Thu 24 Apr 14

wilddog says...

zaz2014 wrote:
Steven11 wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Apart from his personal satisfaction what was a local Great Harwood councillor doing in Bosnia, will this help his local community, why do the local working people of Great Harwood want to know about 8000 Muslims being killed (sad that it is).
I may be wrong but sounds like another freebie at the tax payers expense.
Spot on , freebies . Just think about all of this , Muslims are getting in to being councillors only to run our towns and councils , planning departments , as they attempt to take over our once nice and loved country . Just look at what they are trying to do in our schools in the midlands .
It shows muslims are the best so we going to rule country!
by shoving your way of life down our throats you mean? Is this councilor does to the war memorials around the world where British soldiers lost their lifes fighting for this country or just where Muslims have died fighting?
[quote][p][bold]zaz2014[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Apart from his personal satisfaction what was a local Great Harwood councillor doing in Bosnia, will this help his local community, why do the local working people of Great Harwood want to know about 8000 Muslims being killed (sad that it is). I may be wrong but sounds like another freebie at the tax payers expense.[/p][/quote]Spot on , freebies . Just think about all of this , Muslims are getting in to being councillors only to run our towns and councils , planning departments , as they attempt to take over our once nice and loved country . Just look at what they are trying to do in our schools in the midlands .[/p][/quote]It shows muslims are the best so we going to rule country![/p][/quote]by shoving your way of life down our throats you mean? Is this councilor does to the war memorials around the world where British soldiers lost their lifes fighting for this country or just where Muslims have died fighting? wilddog
  • Score: 1

11:25pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Steven11 says...

wilddog wrote:
zaz2014 wrote:
Steven11 wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Apart from his personal satisfaction what was a local Great Harwood councillor doing in Bosnia, will this help his local community, why do the local working people of Great Harwood want to know about 8000 Muslims being killed (sad that it is).
I may be wrong but sounds like another freebie at the tax payers expense.
Spot on , freebies . Just think about all of this , Muslims are getting in to being councillors only to run our towns and councils , planning departments , as they attempt to take over our once nice and loved country . Just look at what they are trying to do in our schools in the midlands .
It shows muslims are the best so we going to rule country!
by shoving your way of life down our throats you mean? Is this councilor does to the war memorials around the world where British soldiers lost their lifes fighting for this country or just where Muslims have died fighting?
Let us not forget , these people are guests in our country , un invited , and some times un wanted . But they are here (in there droves ! ) they come to our country claim every benefit on offer , goodness me they are good at this , speaking English only when they it benefits them . Then when they are settled in our country , do we get idiots like Foreign name to me zaz. Doesn't it make you think here , worked all my life , paid taxes , and we get this scum here milking our country for all it's worth . Makes me sick to even look at them in there Bhurkas .
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]zaz2014[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Apart from his personal satisfaction what was a local Great Harwood councillor doing in Bosnia, will this help his local community, why do the local working people of Great Harwood want to know about 8000 Muslims being killed (sad that it is). I may be wrong but sounds like another freebie at the tax payers expense.[/p][/quote]Spot on , freebies . Just think about all of this , Muslims are getting in to being councillors only to run our towns and councils , planning departments , as they attempt to take over our once nice and loved country . Just look at what they are trying to do in our schools in the midlands .[/p][/quote]It shows muslims are the best so we going to rule country![/p][/quote]by shoving your way of life down our throats you mean? Is this councilor does to the war memorials around the world where British soldiers lost their lifes fighting for this country or just where Muslims have died fighting?[/p][/quote]Let us not forget , these people are guests in our country , un invited , and some times un wanted . But they are here (in there droves ! ) they come to our country claim every benefit on offer , goodness me they are good at this , speaking English only when they it benefits them . Then when they are settled in our country , do we get idiots like Foreign name to me zaz. Doesn't it make you think here , worked all my life , paid taxes , and we get this scum here milking our country for all it's worth . Makes me sick to even look at them in there Bhurkas . Steven11
  • Score: 2

11:32am Fri 25 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Steven11 wrote:
wilddog wrote:
zaz2014 wrote:
Steven11 wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Apart from his personal satisfaction what was a local Great Harwood councillor doing in Bosnia, will this help his local community, why do the local working people of Great Harwood want to know about 8000 Muslims being killed (sad that it is).
I may be wrong but sounds like another freebie at the tax payers expense.
Spot on , freebies . Just think about all of this , Muslims are getting in to being councillors only to run our towns and councils , planning departments , as they attempt to take over our once nice and loved country . Just look at what they are trying to do in our schools in the midlands .
It shows muslims are the best so we going to rule country!
by shoving your way of life down our throats you mean? Is this councilor does to the war memorials around the world where British soldiers lost their lifes fighting for this country or just where Muslims have died fighting?
Let us not forget , these people are guests in our country , un invited , and some times un wanted . But they are here (in there droves ! ) they come to our country claim every benefit on offer , goodness me they are good at this , speaking English only when they it benefits them . Then when they are settled in our country , do we get idiots like Foreign name to me zaz. Doesn't it make you think here , worked all my life , paid taxes , and we get this scum here milking our country for all it's worth . Makes me sick to even look at them in there Bhurkas .
UkIP for me this time round, they may not be there norm but they will sort this lot out, they say (because we daren't) what the great British public think.
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]zaz2014[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Apart from his personal satisfaction what was a local Great Harwood councillor doing in Bosnia, will this help his local community, why do the local working people of Great Harwood want to know about 8000 Muslims being killed (sad that it is). I may be wrong but sounds like another freebie at the tax payers expense.[/p][/quote]Spot on , freebies . Just think about all of this , Muslims are getting in to being councillors only to run our towns and councils , planning departments , as they attempt to take over our once nice and loved country . Just look at what they are trying to do in our schools in the midlands .[/p][/quote]It shows muslims are the best so we going to rule country![/p][/quote]by shoving your way of life down our throats you mean? Is this councilor does to the war memorials around the world where British soldiers lost their lifes fighting for this country or just where Muslims have died fighting?[/p][/quote]Let us not forget , these people are guests in our country , un invited , and some times un wanted . But they are here (in there droves ! ) they come to our country claim every benefit on offer , goodness me they are good at this , speaking English only when they it benefits them . Then when they are settled in our country , do we get idiots like Foreign name to me zaz. Doesn't it make you think here , worked all my life , paid taxes , and we get this scum here milking our country for all it's worth . Makes me sick to even look at them in there Bhurkas .[/p][/quote]UkIP for me this time round, they may not be there norm but they will sort this lot out, they say (because we daren't) what the great British public think. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 4

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