It is hardly the sort of endorsement that Britains’ Conservative elite would want – or expect
But one of the world’s most feared terrorist chiefs has professed his admiration for David Cameron and Boris Johnson‘s bike-riding, “Islamic“ lifestyles as he launches a campaign to rein in the excesses of Pakistan’s corruption-riddled ruling elite.
In a petition lodged with the Lahore High Court, he noted that while Pakistan’s public officers were “living like kings and princes in palatial government houses” Britain’s prime minister lived in a four-bedroom flat in a street dating back to the 17th Century.
“When the sun never set on the British Empire the chief executive of that great country lived in the same house of a few marlas [a fraction of an acre] in a small street. That is truly Islamic, that is like following the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him),” he wrote in the petition.
While the former Bullingdon Club members may be derided as privileged toffs by some opponents at home, their lifestyles are modest by the cash-guzzling standards of Pakistan’s politicians.