Relatives of one of the July 7 bombers who celebrated the anniversary of his death with commemorative service in Pakistan should be banned from entering Britain, according to a Black Country MP.
David Winnick (Lab Walsall North) has called for a ban on anyone who praises the July bombers, who killed 52 people and injured 700.
It follows reports that villagers at Chak 477, in the Punjab, offered prayers for Shehzad Tanweer on the anniversary of his death, earlier this month.
Tanweer, from Bradford, killed seven people and injured 171 when he blew himself up on the underground near Aldgate, in central London.
But he was reportedly described as a “shahid” or martyr at the service held in a mosque, in which his Pakistani uncle distributed salted rice, a custom to remember the dead. Relatives later visited his grave.
Mr Winnick has written to Liam Byrne, the Immigration Minister and MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, asking him to impose a ban.
He said: “He wasn’t a martyr, he was a mass murderer.
“Anyone who praises such people forfeits their right to enter the UK, in my view.
“He should be looked upon with contempt as one of the four who carried out the killing of 42 innocent people.”