Lucknow, Feb 3: Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Saturday hit out at Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi who had said that Muslims who are against the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya “must go to Pakistan and Bangladesh or join ISIS in Syria”.Also Read - Rampur Cops, Who Found Azam Khan’s Buffalo, Are Now Searching For Congress Neta’s Mare

Responding to him, Khan said that if they want to send Muslims to other countries then “send them to Europe and America” instead. “Why do you want to send Muslims to countries that don’t have bread?” asked former Uttar Pradesh minister. Also Read - T20 World Cup 2021: Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haider Ali And Fakhar Zaman Included as Pakistan Make 3 Changes in WC Squad

“Bhejna hai to un deshon mein kyo bhejte ho jahan roti nahi hai. Desh ke badshah aisa chahte hain to Europe bheje, America ke tanashah se bhi achi dosti hai unki. Par total migration hona chahiye,” Azam Khan said, reported news agency ANI. Also Read - It's a Matter of Right, Not Charity: CJI N V Ramana on 50% Reservation For Women in Judiciary

Stirring a controversy, UP Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi on Saturday said, “Those who are opposing the Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya and want to build the Babri Mosque there, people having such fundamentalist mentality should go to Pakistan and Bangladesh. Such Muslims do not have any place in India.”

“Those who want to spread Jehad in the name of the mosque must go and join the forces of Abu Baqr Baghdadi, the ISIS chief in Syria,” Rizvi added. He added that fundamentalist Muslim clerics are trying to break the nation and should migrate to Pakistan or Bangladesh.

Reacting to Rizvi’s remarks, Shia clerics demanded his arrest for trying to communalise the atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh. “Rizvi is a criminal involved in grabbing and illegal selling of Waqf properties,” President of Shia Ulema Council Maulana Iftekhar Hussain Inquilabi alleged.

“He has been charge-sheeted by the CB-CID and to save himself from the law he is enacting a big drama,” he was quoted as saying by PTI. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Babri Masjid dispute from February 8, 2018.