London: A Pakistani man convicted of child sex offences in Britain has been deported after losing a fight to stay in the country, the interior ministry said Sunday.
Zulfqar Hussain, 50, left Britain on Saturday for Islamabad after officials dismissed his arguments that he should be allowed to remain with his wife, a British citizen, and his three children.
A court in Preston, northwest England, jailed him for five years and eight months in August 2007 after he admitted sexual activity with a minor, detaining a child without lawful authority and possession of drugs with intent to supply.
Hussain, who lived in Blackburn, northwest England, was served with a deportation order in December 2009.
After moving to Britain in the early 1990s, he was granted indefinite leave to remain in the country but never full citizenship, meaning authorities were able to deport him to Pakistan.
"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," said immigration minister Damian Green.