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Blackburn Pakistani sex offender Zulfqar Hussain deported

A Pakistani man convicted of child sex offences in the UK has been deported.

Zulfqar Hussain was jailed in August 2007 after admitting sexual activity with a minor, detaining a child without lawful authority and drug offences.

Hussain, 50, who lived with his British wife and three children in Blackburn, Lancashire, was served a deportation order in 2009.

His bid to fight the order on human rights grounds was unsuccessful, the Home Office has confirmed.

Hussain was sentenced to five years and eight months by a judge at Preston Crown Court and was told he would be deported two years later.

Tribunal defeat

In a statement released on Sunday, Immigration minister Damian Green said: "We will not accept foreign nationals like Zulfqar Hussain breaking our laws.

"Those who commit serious offences should be removed at the earliest possible opportunity.

"We will do all we can to protect the public from those who abuse their right to be here."

Hussain married his wife in February 1990 and was granted leave to remain in the UK in September 1994, before being granted indefinite leave a year later.

Despite appealing the deportation a number of times, his bid to stay in the UK was dismissed by the Upper Tribunal in January, said a Home Office spokeswoman.

Emergency travel documents were obtained to speed up his deportation.

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