Cash-strapped Islamic academy charity ‘spent £1m of taxpayers’ cash building sister school in Pakistan’

A cash-strapped Islamic school has been accused of spending £1million of taxpayers’ money on a brand new state-of-the-art facility in Pakistan.

Council chiefs are investigating claims that the leaders of Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham, which is currently in desperate need of repair, have used public money to help fund a hi-tech school 5,000 miles away in the Pakistan city of Ziarat.

Birmingham City Council confirmed it has launched a probe into the school’s finances and said it is ‘concerned about the severe deficit it has got itself into’.