Monthly Archives: September 2013

YES, NO, UNSURE? Scots Asians for YES debate Labour’s Diversity


Welcome to what we hope is the first of many debates tackling our perspectives on Scotland

Carrying on with the theme of YES, NO, UNSURE, Scots Asians for Independence for Yes are pleased to announce a debate with the Labour Party’s Diversity group on what Independence means to the people of Scotland.

yesRepresenting Scots Asians for Yes are Tasmina Sheikh, lawyer, MEP Candidate for Europe 2014 and Yes Scotland Advisory Board member, with Aamer Anwar, human rights lawyer, activist and media spokesperson for Scots Asians for Yes and Yes Scotland.


Representing the Labour Party’s Diversity group as part of the larger Better Together campaign are Shiraz Ahmed, businessman and media spokesperson, with Talat Yaqoob, a feminist writer.

TIME: 7 pm

DATE: 4 October 2013

VENUE: 49 Forth Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow

entry fee: £1 which is to be donated to the U Care Foundation.

Looking forward to seeing you next Friday

For more details about Yes Scotland and SAFI4Yes please contact Nighet Riaz @nnriaz on twitter or by email

Better Together and Diversity for Labour Shiraz Ahmed @helloshiraz and email at

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Wise words of one leader quoted by another

Our Scottish Minister for International Development Humza Yousaf, 20130512_203618shared many of the Scots Asians feelings of distress, who originated from Pakistan and Kenya with the atrocities which occurred over the weekend- where the actions of a few who kill in the name of religion, taint the majority of the peace loving nations and those of us who live overseas with the same brush. It is wise to remember the words which many of us believe in wholeheartedly in principle and practice:

“We are starting in the days where there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle: that we are all citizens, and equal citizens, of one State” Muhammed Ali Jinnah – Founding Father of Pakistan. Solidarity with Christians of Pakistan killed in another cowardly attack.

“Seeing images of the horrific attack in Kenya and thoughts go not just to those in Kenya but solidarity with the many Kenyans living in Scotland

These same feelings were expressed by others in the political community, especially Councillor Shabbar Jaffri, cllrshabjaffri1who is one of the more high profile and passionate speakers about the injustice and senseless murders of Shia Muslims in the Middle East and Pakistan.

This sectarian and mindless killing has to stop. Prayers for peace in the world.

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Scots Asians for YES vs Labour’s Diversity Debate

Put 7 pm, 4 October into your diary folks.safy

The place where all the action is happening – 1st floor, Awaz Newspaper Studios, 49 Forth Street, Glasgow.

A debate has been organised on the bequest of the Labour Party’s Diversity branch to discuss the pros and cons of independence. There will be a £1 entry fee, where all funds collected that evening, will be donated to the U Care foundation.


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Scots Asians for Independence Launch

A great evening was had by all who attended the launch last night.
Our high calibre speakers did not fail to get us and more importantly the undecided and no supporters to start thinking positively and proactively in helping attain a YES in the independence referendum.


Tasmina did an excellent job as chair person, with great input from all the speakers who shared different perspectives of what made Scotland unique to them and their vision of a more socially just, fair and equal Scotland for all those that lived there. The discussion between the panel and audience was riveting as very probing and intense questioning and answering was observed and the interaction was fantastic. We were joined by Women for Independence,

Radical Independence,_9226477Business for Scotland and Labour for Independence and overall it was a good evening. A very big thank you to Mr Abdul Majid who provided the light buffet and drinks,  Toni Giugliano, Groups Advisor at Yes Scotland and _9226476 _9226478Tahir Mohammed for all the great work done in setting up a successful launch event.


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Scots Asians for Independence for YES Launch this Sunday 22 September 2013


 Yes Scotland call for minority communities to be at forefront of independence campaign

– Sunday launch for Scots Asians for Independence –

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh will tell an audience at Glasgow’s Langside Halls that she believes her children will have a better life in an independent Scotland and that Scots Asians can play an important role in the campaign (Sunday).

The Yes Scotland advisory board member will be joined by Minister for External Affairs and International Development Humza Yousaf to discuss the benefits of independence and the important role to be played by Scots Asians in the referendum debate.

With less than a year to go to the 2014 vote, the panel are aiming to convince undecideds and unsettled No’s that decisions made on Scotland’s future, are best made by those who live here and make up our culturally rich communities.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, a former actress and chair of Scottish Women‘s Asian Association said: ‘I believe it’s time to take Scotland’s future into Scotland’s hands so that we can build a Nation which works for all of us.

I want women and Scotland’s minority communities, to be front and centre in this debate.  And I want to play my part in persuading other women and members of my community, that not only is an independent Scotland possible, it’s the best and only opportunity we have to realise our hopes and our dreams for our families and our country.

A country where we value investment in people and investment in society. A country that reaches out to young people, who are interested in the dreams of the future, not the memories of the past. A country where there is provision for the most vulnerable in society.

I believe my four children and your children and grandchildren, will have a better life, and enjoy a better and more equal society, in an independent Scotland, caring for each other and their fellow citizens. That is a Scotland I want to live in, and my children to grow up in. Let’s work together, to make it happen.

Scots Asians for Independence is one of several sectoral groups set-up to ensure that Scotland’s culturally-rich and talented people can play a role in winning and shaping and independent Scotland.

Humza Yousaf, a Glasgow MSP and Scottish Government minister, said: Thousands of people have come from across the world to make Scotland their home, having their voice in the most important discussion our nation has ever had is vital.


Scotland’s BME communities have contributed for decades to the success of our country. As the late and great Bashir Ahmed often said it doesn’t matter where you come from it is where we go together as a Nation. I have no doubt that all the communities of Scotland regardless of race, religion or background will see that through independence we can have a fairer and more prosperous Scotland and will vote yes in 2014.’

Toni Giugliano, Yes Scotland’s sectoral groups advisor: ‘Over the year ahead Yes Scotland will continue working closely with every sector of Scottish society so that all Scots engage in the referendum debate and become aware of the benefits of independence.’ 

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Scots Asians for Independence for YES Launch Leafleting

We will be out leafleting in the following areas, please do come along and help us.

Date: Monday, September 16, 2013
Venue: Pollokshields Church of Scotland
Time: 6.00 PM

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Venue: Crossmyloof Train Station
Time: 6.00 PM

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Venue: Cessnock Underground
Time: 6.00 PM

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Venue: Victoria Road/Alison Street Corner
Time: 6.00 PM

Date: Friday, September 20, 2013
Venue: Shawlands (Outside The Granary Pub)
Time: 6.00 PM

For further info please do get in touch with me on 07412 469 957.

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Scots Asians for Independence for YES Launch

safyposter-page-001We are very excited to present our panel of high calibre speakers and experts in their fields around the topic of independence. As Scots Asians for Independence for YES, we would like to welcome you to our launch event next Sunday at 6pm, 22 September at Langside Halls, Glasgow.

In our esteemed panel of experts, we have Humza Yousaf a Scottish Government Minister for International Development; Tasmina Sheikh, Lawyer and SNP MEP Candidate; Gordon McIntyre Kemp from Business for Scotland; Suki Sangha from Radical Independence, Sohail Haq representing Labour for Independence and Councillor Yen Jin . 

Looking forward to seeing you there. For further contact details, contact Tahir Mohammed: or Nighet Riaz :



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