An Oxford-educated Pakistani senator sparked outrage today by sharing a photo of Adolf Hitler alongside the message ‘at least the world knows why he did what he did’ amid Israeli strikes on Hamas targets in Palestine.
Afnan Ullah Khan, who says in his biography on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he has received doctorates from York, Oxford and University College London (UCL), has frequently shared his views about the conflict in the Middle East.
But a post on Sunday morning sparked a huge backlash, with X deleting the statement as it ‘violated’ the social media site’s rules.
The post featured an image of Hitler posing in his Nazi uniform and a message which appeared to reference the murder of six million Jews in the Holocaust.
Dr Khan, who represents the Pakistan Muslim League party, wrote: ‘At least now the world knows why he did what he did #GazaGenocide’
Afnan Ullah Khan, who says in his biography on X, formerly known as Twitter , that he has received doctorates from York, Oxford and University College London (UCL), has frequently shared his views about the conflict in the Middle East
Palestinians search through rubble of buildings that were destroyed during Israeli air strike on El-Nuseirat central of Gaza Strip
The post was condemned by dozens of other users, including some apparent Palestine supporters.
One user wrote: ‘This is bad, very bad. Please delete immediately. Nazism was as bad as Zionism, both must be condemned unequivocally.’
Another user with a Palestinian flag in their bio told him to ‘Delete this’.
A third tagged in social boss Elon Musk and wrote: ‘In a recent spaces you said ‘another Holocaust cannot happen’.
‘By allowing posts like these, you are irresponsibly going against your words. Preventing another Holocaust must be on top of your priorities, and you have the power to prevent it.’
It comes as thousands of supporters of Pakistan’s main politico-religious party rallied in the capital Islamabad today against Israel’s bombing of Palestinians in Gaza, chanting anti-American slogans and accusing the US of ‘backing the aggressor’.
The extreme right party, Jamaat-e-Islami, had announced a march from Islamabad’s famous Abpara intersection to the US embassy in the high-security diplomatic enclave.
However, stern action by the authorities the previous night forced the religious party to modify its programme and hold the rally in a major street well away from the protected area.
Police pulled down the party’s encampments on Saturday night, detaining the local leadership and dozens of supporters.
Because of the plan announced by Jammat-e-Islami and the risk of violence, the US embassy issued an advisory for American citizens living in Islamabad and the surrounding area to ‘limit unnecessary travel on Sunday’.
It advised US citizens to avoid large public gatherings, to exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of a large gathering or demonstration, and to review personal security plans.
The Jammat-e-Islami supporters, including women and children, marched for a number of miles to reach the agreed venue. They held banners and posters with slogans opposing Israel and the United States and in support of the Palestinians.