Row erupts over picture of Respect candidate holding a machine gun

The Telegraph and Argus:

10:38am Thursday 26th April 2012 in News

Asif Khan (right) pictured ten years ago in Afghanistan on an aid mission Asif Khan (right) pictured ten years ago in Afghanistan on an aid mission

A row has broken out between two Bradford Council election candidates after the Labour Party drew attention to a Facebook picture of a Respect candidate brandishing a gun.

The picture of Asif Khan, who is standing in the Bowling and Barkerend ward, has led Salma Iqbal, a Labour candidate in the Bradford Moor to question his suitability to be a councillor.

But Mr Khan last night called Labour “childish” and “desperate” for trying to make capital from a picture taken when he was on a visit to an aid mission to Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan in 2002. Miss Iqbal, who appears to have mistakenly believed Mr Khan is a Bradford Moor candidate, said: “I’m appalled at this photograph and I imagine fellow residents in Bradford Moor will be too. Serious questions have to be asked about this man’s suitability to stand in an election to become a councillor. How can someone wanting to represent Bradford Moor residents think this is acceptable?”

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