Boris Johnson to be probed over controversial burqa comments

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LONDON: British former foreign minister Boris Johnson will be investigated for a possible breach of the Conservative Party’s code of conduct after making comments about Muslim women who wear burqas ,the Evening Standard newspaper has reported. According to party sources, a formal decision to refer Johnson to an investigatory panel headed by a lawyer was expected later. Conservative campaign head quarters declined immediate comment on the report. The former foreign secretary has come under intense pressure from Tory MPs, including Theresa May ,to say sorry for describing Muslim women who wear the face covering as “letter boxes” or bank robbers. Meanwhile, Taj Hargey, the imamatOxford Islamic Congregation, said Boris Johnson should “not apologise for telling the truth” about burkas. He said that while Johnson’s choice of language ewas unfortunate, the burka and niqab are “a nefarious component of a trendy gateway theology for religious extremism and militant Islam”. Writing in the Times, he said facial maskings were “un-Muslim” and contributed to “gender inequality and inhibiting community cohesion”. Johnson has yet to comment on the row triggered by his Daily Telegraph column on Monday – but has show no sign of backing down.