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Zahid Ali Khan honoured in Chicago
|CHICAGO: Zahid Ali Khan, editor of India's Siasat Urdu newspaper, was honored at a public meeting held in Chicago on November 1. He was applauded for his tireless services in improving the lot of Indian Muslims by actively engaging in relief and development efforts. His efforts in bringing relief to victims of Gujarat genocide by raising the largest donation in India through the medium of his newspaper were highly appreciated at the meet which was organised by the US bureau of Siasat. Mr. Khan has been visiting the US at the invitation of American Federation of Muslims of Indian origin.
Zahid Ali Khan in his speech said that Muslims should have a long-term and strategic vision for their development. He said that Indian Muslims’ loyalty was still brought into question by communal forces despite the fact that they had made great contributions to the country. He said that one of the Indian commandos killed while attempting to rescue the people at the Akshardham temple in Gujarat was a Muslim called Allah Rakha Khan. He said the media of India almost completely ignored this fact.
He said many Muslim families in Hyderabad had at least one member in the US or Saudi Arabia. He said that similarly at least one person from each Muslim family should join the Indian Army or Border Security Force.
It should be noted here that Siasat recently organised a training course for Muslim aspirants in Border Security Force, army and other such forces, six of whom have been selected.
Zahid Ali Khan said a strong media was needed to put forward Muslim views.
He took the initiative to form the Millat Fund to work towards the economic and educational development of Indian Muslims. He said that it had been the distinct honour of Hyderabadi Muslims to always come to the aid of needy Muslims regardless of wherever they lived. He urged them to continue this charitable practice.
Syed Zainulabideen, US bureau chief of Siasat. Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Rashid Ali Khan, Ahsan Qureishi, Abbas Ali Khan, Rashed Salam, Mujahid Ghazi, Khwaja Nazimuddin Saleem, Hadi Ali Khan and others also spoke at the event. The meeting was attended by a large number of prominent community leaders and activists and supporters of Siasat's vision from Chicago.
¯ Ayub Khan in Chicago