Edinburgh, Aug.8 : A millionaire Scottish Muslim lawmaker has been suspended by his party after photographs were published of him teaching his family, including his five-year-old daughter, how to fire an AK-47 assault rifle at a military-style camp in Pakistan.
Jahangir Hanif, 46, a Scottish National Party councillor in Glasgow who has campaigned against violent crime, admitted last night that his behaviour was "foolish and inappropriate".
"It took place over two and a half years ago, long before I became a councillor. I accept the actions of the party, and will wish to take part in the formal hearing on my return to Scotland," he added.
The Times quoted his 17-year-old daughter, Noor, as saying that she and four of her siblings were driven in a blacked-out vehicle to an alleged training base in mountains near the Kashmir border and encouraged to fire the powerful weapon.
The 17-year-old, who is hoping to study medicine at Cambridge University, added: "I wasn't happy about it. We didn't know why we were being taken there. I don't know who the men were. They weren't wearing uniform."
Video footage passed to the Glasgow Evening Times showed Hanif's youngest daughter, Sana, aged 5 at the time, being helped to fire the gun, the newspaper said.
His son Ameer, now 14, also fired the Russian-designed rifle, which has a firing rate of 600 rounds a minute. His daughters Zainab, 13, and Amina, 10, also fired the rifle.
The children were told that they were being taken on a day trip to a nearby city, while their mother, Naushin, went shopping with another daughter, Huma, now 15.
Mrs Hanif, 38, was said to be furious when she learnt that her husband had taken them to the camp.
The revelation is a big embarrassment for the SNP, which has enjoyed a spectacular run of success since coming to power in Scotland last year and recently triumphed in the Glasgow East by-election.