Lord Ahmed, the first Muslim peer admitted to the U.K.’s upper house of Parliament, reportedly made the statement at a conference in Pakistan in response to news that the U.S. offered a $10 million reward for the capture of Pakistani militant leader Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, founder of the group suspected of orchestrating 2008’s Mumbai attacks which left 166 people dead.
“If the U.S. can announce a reward of $10 million for the (capture) of Hafiz Saeed, I can announce a bounty of £10 million (for the capture of) President Obama and his predecessor, George Bush,” Lord Ahmed allegedly said.
However, according to Lord Ahmed, both the suspension and the incendiary comments are both news to him.
“They have suspended me? That's a surprise to me. I did not know,” he said according to The Telegraph. "I never said those words. I did not offer a bounty. I said that there have been war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan and those people who have got strong allegations against them — George W Bush and Tony Blair — have been involved in illegal wars and should be brought to justice. I do not think there's anything wrong with that. If the Labour Party wants to suspend me I will deal with the Labour Party. They will have to give me some evidence."
A British national, Lord Ahmed was born in Pakistan and received the title of Baron Ahmed of Rotherham at age of 40. He previously protested the knighthood of Salman Rushdie in 2007 amid claims that the author had "blood on his hands."
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