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Azam Khan berates West over Paris attacks; stirs new row

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  17 Nov 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Lucknow, November 16: Uttar Pradesh Minister Mohammad Azam Khan seemed to suggest on Monday that Paris terror attacks were a reaction to the West’s aggression against Islamic countries to control their oil resources, but later denied that he made any action-reaction link. Many a war had been fought in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Iraq primarily to control the oil wells in these countries, Azam Khan, who’s urban development minister in the Samajwadi Party government, said in an interview to a television news agency. His comments drew condemtion from the Bharatiya Jata Party. Media reports quoted the party’s secretary Siddarth th Singh as saying that comments like Azam Khan’s “weakened” the country’s resolve to fight terrorism. BJP state spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to explain whether he endorsed the views of his cabinet colleague. Azam Khan denied media reports that quoted him as suggesting that the terror attacks that left 128 people dead in Paris were a “reaction against some action”, but all the same he accused the US of bombing hospitals and schools in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in its pursuit of controlling oil resources. (IANS)

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