Known for making controversial remarks, senior Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan plumbed new depths when he recently alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in Lahore at the residence of Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
“Prime Minister visited Pakistan by breaking international laws. He also met Dawood there. Let him (Modi) deny. I will give evidence. Who all did he meet behind closed doors?”, Khan said. Referring to Modi as the badshah (king), the controversial UP minister claimed, “I have photographs to prove that Modi did have a meeting with India’s most-wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim during his visit to Pakistan where he went to meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif”. Khan was addressing a political gathering at a remote place. He said that besides Sharif, his mother, his wife, and daughters, Dawood Ibrahim was also present when Modi met them at the Pakistan Prime Minister’s residence when he went there on December 25 last year.
While the BJP attacked him, even the prime opposition party Congress also attached no importance to it saying it cannot be believed. The Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said, “Khan has been in public life for a long time and he should not have made the statement without substantiating it. We may have differences with a lot of personalities but that does not mean we believe in whatever is said,” adding, that the minister is the same person who asked the state policemen to trace his missing buffaloes.
Meanwhile, an official government spokesman reacting to Khan’s claim said, “There are certain statements in a section of press that prime accused in serial blasts in Mumbai, Dawood Ibrahim, was also present during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore on December 25, 2015. These statements are baseless, unfounded and totally false".
Azam Khan has also made controversial statements in past, especially during the November 2015 Paris attacks, he has infamously termed it as a result of the action of global superpowers such as America and Russia, saying the “history will decide who is a terrorist".