BSP Leader Defends Paris Terror Attackers

Thursday, January 08, 2015
BSP leader Haji Yakub Qureshi (file photo: Hindustan Times)

Former Uttar Pradesh minister and BSP leader Haji Yakub Qureshi sparked a controversy when he appeared to defend the terror attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, saying that whoever shows disrespect to Prophet Mohammad would invite death.

“Prophet Mohammad had conveyed a message of peace to the entire world and if anyone makes certain cartoons on him will invite death like the cartoonists and journalists in Paris,” Qureshi said, his insensitive comments coming at a time when the massacre is being condemned across the world.

Four of France’s most famous cartoonists were among the dozen people killed on Wednesday when two gunmen attacked the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo.

In 2006 the magazine had reprinted cartoons of the Prophet that had originally appeared in Danish daily Jyllands-Posten.

At the time, Qureshi had grabbed headlines when he declared a reward of Rs 51 crore ($10 million) for anyone who killed the Danish cartoonist who had created the controversial cartoons. He had made the offer at a public rally in Meerut.

“Those who dare insult Prophet Mohammed deserve death and there is no need to initiate legal procedure against them,” Qureshi repeated to Hindustan Times on Thursday.

Reacting to Wednesday’s attack on Charlie Hebdo, Qureshi told HT reporter S Raju that he was ready to pay the reward money to the attackers. “I am ready to pay the money if they come and demand the declared reward.”

But according to PTI, Qureshi denied saying he would reward the Paris attackers. “I have not made any such announcement regarding the attack in Paris,” he told PTI.

When Qureshi’s alleged statement was brought to the notice of Uttar Pradesh’s IGP (Law and Order) A Satish Ganesh, he said that if it were true action would be taken by authorities.

“In our country no one has the right to violate law and order. If anything like that has been stated we will take action. No one will be allowed to violate the law and order,” Ganesh said. He, however, said that he had not seen the alleged statement by Qureshi.

With most people condemning the barbaric attack on Charlie Hebdo, this regional leader has once again shown that he is out of step with the rest of the world.

- Karan Singh

To Learn More:

Ready to pay Rs. 51cr reward to Charlie Hebdo attackers: Yakoob Qureshi (by S Raju, Hindustan Times)

Former UP minister Yakub Qureshi defends terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo (PTI)


JadedinSanDiego 1 year ago
If there is any lesson to be learned from this massacre, it's the idea that achieving political correctness through censorship is an ugly and potentially deadly philosophy. Here in America, there are millions of citizens who believe that it is perfectly acceptable to censor the expression of other citizens in the name of propriety and political correctness. And so now, French citizens are experiencing what happens when political correctness gets co-opted by monsters who are willing to take censorship to it's extreme. The fact that there is a direct philosophical connection between the world's pompous politically correct and this murderous Muslim spawn from hell is obvious to the astute.

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