Armeena Khan calls out former London mayor over offensive burqa comments

  • Armeena Khan calls out former London mayor over offensive burqa comments

Armeena Khan calls out former London mayor over offensive burqa comments

Mr Johnson made the remarks in a Daily Telegraph column.

Boris Johnson and Armeena Khan.

He has faced fierce criticism for comparing women wearing the conservative Islamic dress to letter boxes and bank robbers.

Mr Johnson branded the burka "oppressive" and said it is "weird and bullying to expect people to cover their faces".

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"I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes".

Mr Johnson said he did not support a burka ban in the United Kingdom as this would give a boost to radicals who said there was a "clash of civilisations" between Islam and the West, and could lead to a "general crackdown on any pubic symbols of religious affiliation".

Johnson added: "If a constituent came to my MP's surgery with her face obscured, I should feel fully entitled - like Jack Straw - to ask her to remove it so that I could talk to her properly".

'Collateral damage in his wish to be PM are electors of Uxbridge (where he rarely ventures), Nazanin (whose life he endangered) and now Muslim Women (ever-more vulnerable to hate crime)'.

Prime Minister Theresa May has called on the MP to apologise for the comments and said politicians have to be "very careful" about the language they use.

Karim said that "Boris is playing to the gallery that exists at the right of the party" and by refusing to apologise was "positioning himself as the great defender of the right some believe they have to say whatever they like with no regard of consequences for others".

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner acknowledged that many people have found the comments offensive.

And Tory peer Lord Sheikh, president of the Conservative Muslim Forum, has written to party bosses demanding he is kicked out of the party.

But not everyone has express their outrage at the comments.

Speaking to Shelagh Fogarty, Lord Pickles said Mr Johnson's argument for not banning the burka had been lost by his "unfortunate" words. "He should not have used it", May said.

"It's ridiculous these views are being attacked - we mustn't fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues", the source said.

Tory Brexiteers Nadine Dorries and Andrew Bridgen and ex Ukip leader Nigel Farage, have all defended Mr Johnson over the comments.

But this could ignite a civil war in a party in which many members see him as the best option to succeed Mrs May as leader.