A minister has been accused by Muslim groups of using Islam to gain political points by proposing to ban people in public office from wearing headscarves.

The Austrian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration Sebastian Kurz, who at 30 is the youngest to hold such a post anywhere in the world, was criticised for his idea by Muslim groups.

Omar Al-Rawi, the chairman of the Initiative of Female Austrian Muslims (IMOe), accused conservative Kurz of wanting to "profile himself politically on the backs of Muslims."

The chairman pointed at the "inglorious role" the Austrian People's Party minister played in proposing a uniform German translation of the Quran to combat misinterpretations that promote extremism.

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