The Congress and BJP Monday slammed UP minister Azam Khan for his reported remarks that the Paris terror attack could be a “reaction to the killing of innocents in Arab countries by the superpowers”. The Congress asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to sack Khan even as the party was left red-faced by similar remarks by its own leader Mani Shankar Aiyar.
Aiyar had reportedly said that anti-Islam phobia being carried out in the Western countries should be stopped immediately and that every one should think why such a situation has arisen. The party disassociated itself from Aiyar’s remarks.
Reacting to Azam Khan’s remarks, French Ambassador to India François Richier said he was “saddened” by it, while the BJP demanded that the Samajwadi Party take action against him. “The language used by leaders like Azam Khan is not acceptable. It is unfortunate. IS has become the enemy of Islam. Acts of IS have shamed the Muslims world over. Time has come for the people to eliminate IS and its philosophy,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said. Party secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav “should stop Azam Khan from making such remarks”.
Khan condemned the Paris carnage but in the same breath raked up the issue of action by the US and Russia in Arab countries, saying “killing of innocents” anywhere is “not justified”. –With PTI