Drumming up a fresh round of controversy, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Monday said that the global superpower must realize that the terror attack in Paris was a reaction to their action in Arab countries.
Addressing at a public meeting in Uttar Pradesh, Khan condemned the terror attack as unfortunate, however, he added that attacks on oil-bearing countries by America and Russia were also condemnable. He also said that European cities “cannot be lit up with the ill-gotten wealth from the oil reserves of Middle East”.
“Do you want to light up cities like Paris, known for their wine and party culture, with the money earned through illegally occupying oil reserves in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Iran? The bombardments in Iraq and Syria on suspected IS strongholds apart from killing innocent civilians are also rendering thousands homeless. What justification do they have for this?” Khan asked.
The Samajwadi Party leader further said, “Whatever the terrorists did in Paris was wrong. But, attack on Arab countries and killing of innocents there by US and Russia is also not justified,” adding, “We need to look who killed whom first, after that who retaliated. This is a debatable issue. You strike bombs through drones to kill the innocent…. History will decide who is a terrorist and who is wrong.”
BJP Secretary Siddharth Nath Singh, reacting sharply to the remark, said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav “should stop Azam Khan from making such remarks”. Singh said such remarks tarnish India’s image and weaken the country’s resolve to fight against terrorism.