Lucknow, Jan 08: While the entire world condemned the barbaric attack on the office of French satirical news magazine Charlie Hebdo and France united in grief, a statement from BSP MP may disturb others. BSP leader, Haji Yakoob Qureshi praised the attackers and said he was ready to pay them Rs 51 crore as reward.
Qureshi not only lauded the attackers who killed 12 people including the journalists, the Editor and a cartoonist who drew the cartoon of Prophet Mohammed, but also offered Rs 51 crore, which he had earlier announced as a reward for killing of Danish cartoonists who had depicted the prophet.
In 2006, Qureshi had offered money to anyone who would kill the cartoonists of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten after it published an editorial in September 2005 that included 12 different cartoons portraying the Prophet.
"Rasul ke ashiq unhe saja de dete hai (followers of Prophet punish them)," the former Uttar Pradesh minister was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.
He had also said that anyone who disrespected the Prophet Mohammed deserves death and told journalists that he was ready to give the Rs 51 crore to the attackers, if they were to ask for it.
"I am ready to pay the money if they come and demand the declared reward", HT quoted him as saying.
He also threatened the same consequences to anyone who will show disrespect for Prophet Mohammed, according to a report in DNA.
Such statement showed the nature of Indian politicians at the time of grief and remorse. If BJP MP Sakhshi Maharaj could be criticised for his remarks on Nathuram Godse and suggested Hindu women to produce four children to protect the Hindu religion, Qureshi should be summoned for pro-terrorism statement.
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