Riot hero Tariq Jahan fears he could be next target after Begg charge

Riot hero father Tariq Jahan has vowed to return to war-torn Syria on another mercy mission – despite fears he could be arrested on terrorism offences.

Mr Jahan, from Winson Green, led an aid convoy carrying one million kilos of flour across the Turkish and Syrian border after his son’s death in the summer riots prompted him to help others in need.

He fears people could turn their backs on the country after the arrest of Moazzam Begg.

He said: “Since Moazzam came back from Syria he has been doing nothing but raising awareness of the plight of people there.

“As one human being to another, I am proud to support him. This will not stop us going back to Syria.”

Atif Iqbal, who carried out the mercy mission alongside Mr Jahan, said: “I am feeling apprehensive about going back.

“What we saw out there, the hardship, it changed our lives. I have to go back to try to help.

“We went to a refugee camp just after it had been cluster bombed.

“I can still remember the smell of burning flesh and children screaming after their limbs have been blown off.”

Mr Jahan’s 21-year-old son Haroon died as riots swept across the country in August 2011.

Haroon and his friends – Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31 – were struck by a car in the early hours of August 10 2011 during disorder in the Winson Green.

Source: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/birmingham-riot-hero-tariq-jahan-6762602
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