Sumaira Farrukh, 38, was filmed using the inflammatory word in Birmingham
Mrs Farrukh denied inciting violence and said it simply referred to a struggle
Police examined the footage and visited Mrs Farrukh at her Birmingham home
By Claire Duffin and Amardeep Bassey For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:00 BST, 22 September 2019 |
A prominent activist once nominated for a ‘British Muslim of the Year’ award is being investigated by police after she was filmed saying ‘jihad is the only solution’.
Sumaira Farrukh, 38, who has rubbed shoulders with Chancellor Sajid Javid and been pictured with Prince Charles, was filmed using the inflammatory word at a rally in Birmingham.
Mrs Farrukh, a businesswoman and journalist, spoke at a demonstration attended by hundreds demanding action over India’s plans to strip Kashmir of self-rule.
A host of Labour MPs including deputy leader Tom Watson, Jack Dromey and Liam Byrne had given speeches on the issue 24 hours earlier.
The businesswoman and journalist said the inflammatory word at a demonstration attended by hundreds demanding action over India’s plans to strip Kashmir of self-rule. Footage shows her on the steps of Birmingham’s Council House last month
Mrs Farrukh denied inciting violence by using the word jihad, saying it simply referred to a struggle, and she was being singled out because she was ‘an outspoken woman in a headscarf’.