Farasat knew Masood five years ago. A lot can happen in five years. Farasat’s description of a quiet, pious family man conflicts with Masood’s history of violence. Above all, Farasat says nothing about the fact that Masood was once investigated for “violent extremism,” and of course the BBC interviewer doesn’t ask him about that. Farasat and the BBC have a common interest in making Islam look good and exonerating it of responsibility for the crimes done in its name and in accord with its teachings. If Masood had been a conservative supporter of Brexit, would the BBC have featured his old employer saying he was really quite a grand fellow and insisting that he didn’t commit the crime because he supported Brexit? To ask the question is to answer it.
“Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was ‘focused on his family,'” BBC, March 29, 2017:
A former employer of Khalid Masood has described him as a middle-class family man who was the “antithesis of a violent radical”.
Farasat, who wanted his identity to be protected, was a manager at an English language school where the Westminster attacker worked between 2010 and 2012.