Glasgow Central Mosque

Police investigate Scottish mosque leaders’ ‘terror link’

Anti-terrorism police are examining alleged links between two leading figures at Scottish mosques and a banned sectarian group that has carried out atrocities in Pakistan.

Police Scotland confirmed its involvement in the case as a senior officer warned Scotland was “not immune from extremism”.

Sabir Ali, head of religious events at Glasgow Central Mosque, and Abdul Hamid, leader of Polwarth Mosque in Edinburgh, are said to have held senior positions in the UK branch of the Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP) group.

It was banned by the Home Office in 2001 and banned by the government of Pakistan in 2002 for its violence against the Shia community.