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Saiful Islam Gaddafi visits India
By Zafarul-Islam Khan
|Engineer Saiful Islam Muammar Gaddafi, chairman of the Gaddafi International Foundation for Charity Associations, undertook a five-day visit to India during Ramadan. The purpose of visit was to distribute humanitarian aid among deserving and needy people in India. The assistance included medicines, clothes and food. Er Gaddafi also brought a letter from the Libyan leader Col. Mu’ammar Gaddafi to the prime minister of India, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh was among the leaders he met during the visit.
Engineer Saiful Islam covered some charity organizations in Deoband, Aligarh, Moradabad, Agra and Jaipur besides Delhi. He disclosed that the Gaddafi International Foundation for Charity Associations (GIFCA), a non-governmental association, with its headquarters in Tripoli, adopts and incorporates modern and advanced concepts in the voluntary work throughout the world. His organisation is active in Black African countries, Philippines, Iraq, Afghanistan and has now come to the Subcontinent.
Speaking at a well-attended press conference in Delhi on 6 December, Er Saiful Islam said that he is on a humanitarian visit under his charity organisation’s programme to reach out to more areas around the globe. ‘We believe in extending a helping hand to all those in need irrespective of colour, race or religion,’ he said. During his visit Er Gaddafi announced scholarships for 300 Indian students as well as promised a considerable donation for the completion of the Insalmic cultural Centre in Delhi as well promised help to renovate the grand Jama Masjid of Delhi and set up a modern hospital in Deoband. He also announced that Libya supports Indian candidature for a permanent seat in the UN Security Co
Er Gaddafi appealed to his Muslim brothers to adopt the spirit of tolerance and understanding and to show respect to other religions, communities and races.
He disclosed that during his visit he has explored the possibility of Indian help in the execution of the grand Libyan project to extend a railwayline from the Mediterranean coast of Africa to the Black African states. He announced during the press conference that he will be coming back to India.