UK minister’s Sharia law gaffe a calculated step by Conservative Party

Barrister Ameer Abbas Ali Khan
This is a guest post by Barrister Ameer Abbas Ali Khan, one of Wali Zahid’s overseas coachees, in response to Wali’s post about UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid’s interview statement that “there was no place for Sharia law in the English legal system” and that “the voters had legitimate fears over ‘excessive’ immigration.”

Original post here.

Guest post by Barrister Ameer Abbas Ali Khan

You are absolutely right that no such things would have been uttered by Prime Minister David Cameron, the party leader of Minister Sajid Javid, for many reasons. One of them could be that such things mainly conform to the policies of the British National Party.Whereas PM David Cameron and Minister Sajid Javid belong to the Conservative Party.

The question then arises that what prompts Minister Sajid Javid to make such controversial comments.

With a year away from the UK’s General Election, it appears that minister is not confident of his party’s performance in running the government and, in order to maximise his party’s vote bank for the next election, it is his ploy to materialise on immigration issues.

Furthermore, it also appears that the minister has made a blanket statement about Sharia Law having no place in British Law without actually knowing or making an attempt to know what the Sharia Law is.

Of course, the Sharia Law is very broad but there could be many components of it that could safely be incorporated into British Law and therefore outrightly rejecting the Sharia Law shows nothing but the minister’s hostility towards a certain section of society in order to increase the vote bank for his party.

No doubt, the minister would agree that Britain is a multicultural society and his comments have hurt the core principles of democracy and free society for which the Great Britain has always felt proud of.

One could also question the Conservative Party for making Sajid Javid UK’s culture minister and such proposition cannot be ruled out that this gaffe is a calculated step of the Conservative Party to make a culture minister of Pakistani origin so that such controversial comments coming from him would not create much hue and cry in the society.

An Abdalian and Aitchisonian, Barrister Ameer Abbas Ali Khan, is a Solicitor-Advocate (UK), Advocte High Court. He has LLB (Hons) UK, LLM (LSE), Bar-at-Law from Lincoln Inn, and lives in London. His father has been an MP in Pakistan over several decades.


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