Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has slammed the AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi over his controversial decision of providing legal help to the men arrested for allegedly being members of an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) module. The entire BJP has alleged him of being a “traitor” and “oxygen” to the terrorists.
The BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma has sought action against him alleging, “Owaisi is directly or indirectly helping the ISIS which had come up with a video in which it threatened to target India. This is betrayal of the country. The investigating agencies should take action against him within the legal framework. Those who support terrorism directly or indirectly should be condemned,” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
Naqvi further said that Mr. Owaisi was giving “oxygen” to terrorists and that he is seen as “standing with extremists.”
Earlier this month, the NIA had arrested five persons from Hyderabad for their alleged links with the ISIS and Mr. Owaisi had courted controversy by saying that his party would provide legal help to them while holding AIMIM does not support terrorism.
BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said before jumping onto anything, Mr. Owaisi should have weighed the pros and cons because the evidence suggested that the arrested youths were allegedly planning to carry out terror-related activities during Ramzan.
“The media is clearly pointing towards evidence that clearly seems to suggest that this is the plot and there is evidence to back it up. Now before jumping into it, one should weigh the pros and cons because tomorrow if the court finds that the evidence is sufficient, they are convicted for an act of terror, they are sentenced, then Mr. Owaisi will definitely answer a question. Was he openly helping terrorist and that he was very eager to help terrorists?” Mr. Kohli said.