Armeena Khan repsonds to former United Kingdom mayor for mocking Burqas

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“He needs to accept that if he wants to run for leadership he needs to lead by example

Johnson, who resigned as foreign secretary in July over Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy, was swiftly condemned by former colleagues and fellow lawmakers for his Islamophobic comment.

Pakistani actress Armeena Khan has called out former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson over his offensive remarks against women who wear burqa.

On Monday, Johnson caused controversy by comparing fully veiled Muslim women to "letterboxes" and "bank robbers" in a column for the Daily Telegraph. May said she agreed with Lewis.

And he said "it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes".

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Warsi responded in The Guardian, saying Johnson had used rightwing, "alt-right" language in criticising the appearance of the burqa, which contributes to a view that "Muslim women are fair game".

Brandon Lewis, the Tory chairman, also urged the MP to apologise for the "offensive" comments.

Karim said that "Boris is playing to the gallery that exists at the right of the party" and by refusing to apologise was "positioning himself as the great defender of the right some believe they have to say whatever they like with no regard of consequences for others".

When asked about Mr Johnson he appeared to respond with apparent irony: "What a great guy".

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But not everyone has express their outrage at the comments. "He should not have used it", May said.

She then posted a link to a story from 2015 where she was "manhandled" by a Tory activist after attempting to engage Johnson in a debate about the issues in Ealing.

If disciplinary action follows, Mr Johnson could be suspended or even expelled if he was found to be in breach of the Tory code of conduct.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said Mr Johnson's comments would not "reach the bar" for a criminal offence.

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But this could ignite a civil war in a party in which many members see him as the best option to succeed Mrs May as leader.

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