New Delhi: Drawing a comparison between All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi and ISIS leader Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi, Shia Waqf Board chief Wasim Rizvi has asserted that there was no difference between the two of them.

On Saturday, Rizwi told news agency ANI, “There is no difference between Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi and Asaduddin Owaisi today. Baghdadi had an army and arms and ammunition which he used to spread terror, Owaisi through his ‘zabaan’ (speeches) is creating terror through it.” Claiming that Owaisi was pushing Muslims to commit acts of terror and bloodshed, Rizwi urged for a ban on the AIMIM chief and the Muslim Personal Law Board. Notably, Rizwi’s statements were in reference to Owaisi’s speeches delivered after the apex court’s final verdict on the contentious Ayodhya land dispute.

“Supreme Court is indeed supreme but not infallible,” Owaisi had then noted, according to news agency ANI. Not satisfied by the apex court verdict, Owaisi had also said, as quoted by news agency ANI, “We have full faith in the Constitution. We were fighting for our legal rights. We do not need five-acre land as a donation.” Thereafter, a complaint was filed against the AIMIM chief on November 11 over his alleged inflammatory statements.

Meanwhile, on November 15, the Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Rizvi donated Rs 51,000 towards the Ram temple construction in Ayodhya. The Supreme Court had pronounced its final verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Bari Masjid title dispute on November 9 according to which the land under dispute was ordered to be handed over to a trust to build the Hindu Ram temple while an alternative 5-acre land was ordered to be given to the Muslim party.