Armeena Khan calls out former London mayor over offensive burqa comments

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Johnson resigned as Britain's top diplomat a month ago after claiming Prime Minister Theresa May's proposals for a soft exit from the European Union were killing the dream of clear, decisive split from the bloc.

Mr Johnson is to face an investigation by an independent panel after complaints that his comments breached the Conservative Party's code of conduct.

She said: "I also know that many other people believe strongly that in the whole of the article, what Mr Johnson appears to have been attempting to do was to say that there shouldn't be a ban and that he was engaging in a legitimate debate".

As a result of the myriad complaints against Johnson and his remarks, Johnson is facing an investigation by the Conservative Party.

A spokesperson the party said, "The code of conduct process is strictly confidential". "And some of the terms Boris used describing people's appearance obviously have offended", she said.

He then went on to state that Muslim women in burqas looked like "bank robbers" and "letter boxes".

Critics say burqas and similar face coverings pose a security risk and are a tool to control women.

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt criticized Johnson for comments he said "many people would find offensive".

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She's one of 100 women who wear a niqab or burka who are calling for Mr Johnson to be kicked out of the Conservative Party.

A former journalist who has often been accused of courting media attention, Johnson was not available for comment.

Mr Johnson, who is holidaying overseas, has made no response to demands for an apology.

The BBC News interview, broadcast on a television in the waiting area, featured a Muslim woman in a niqab.

"We have to call it out". She said she welcomed an investigation, "but let's not pretend this is an isolated incident".

Seen as a way to burnish his credentials for a future leadership contest in a climate of right-wing headwinds in Europe, Johnson set forth his views on the recent burka ban in Denmark in his column in The Daily Telegraph.

"As an organisation championing the rights of Muslim women, we are all too familiar with the ways in which this "natural reaction" manifests itself: a woman who was attacked, punched and had her headscarf ripped off, and another who had a bottle smashed over her head in a bus, both in Glasgow this year".

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