By Jonathan Walsh
By Jonathan Walsh
Rabat – Senior Labour politician and London Mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, has been subject to a campaign of ‘smears and insinuation’ from members of the British government on the basis of his Islamic faith, according to the Muslim Council of Britain.
Khan, who has in the past criticized the government for not doing enough to fight extremism, was attacked by Defense Secretary Michael Fallon during a speech he gave to Conservative activists.
During the speech, Fallon cited Khan’s past claims that British foreign policy influences the terror threat the country faces as one reason that the Labor Party candidate is not capable of holding office.
“We need a candidate who can unite our city,” he said, according to the Evening Standard newspaper, “not a Labor lackey who speaks alongside extremists, proving himself unfit to perform that role.”
The accusation of involvement with extremists is a reference to Khan’s appearance at a Global Peace and Unity conference eight years ago, an event organized by The Islam Channel, an organization, which has been censored in the past for extremism.
These accusations were made despite the fact that Khan used his speech at the event to promote “compassion, strength, and hope” among Muslim communities. Senior Conservative and current London Mayor Boris Johnson also praised the same event in 2013.
A spokesperson for Khan responded to Fallon’s speech, saying that it showed that he would “literally say anything during an election.”
“Attacks like this on mainstream Muslims like Sadiq only make it harder for us to fight extremists, put an end to radicalization, and beat the terrorists,” he added.
“Sadiq has consistently spoken out against extremism and terrorism. He’s suffered death threats and constant abuse from Muslim extremists throughout his life because of his mainstream views.”