Delhi prostests against US occupation of Iraq
New Delhi: About 70,000 people led by over 100 religious leaders and social activists including Dwaraka Sankaracharya, Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, Maulana Mufti Mukarram and social activist Swami Agnivesh gathered at a protest rally at Ramlila Grounds here on 20 June to protest against US occupation of Iraq.
The rally was led by Lucknow Shia leader Maulana Kalbe Jawwad who had recently banned American and British tourists from entering Imambaras in Lucknow untill their countries withdraw from Iraq. The rally demanded that India should not send troops to Iraq and UN headquarters should be shifted out of New York to some non-aligned country like India.
The Insaniyat Bachao (Save Humanity) rally passed a resolution demanding that US president George W. Bush apologise for atrocities on innocent Iraqis and US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld be tried for war crimes for the torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison and urged nations of the world to unite to impose sanctions on the United States.
The resolution drew parallel between the incidents in Iraq and Gujarat. It said, "If the Congress-led government wants to prove it is different from the previous NDA government, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi should be tried for the atrocities during the riots."
The meeting was jointly organised by the All India Ulama Council and All India Shia-Sunni Front. Maulana Kalbe Jawwad said that large-scale abuse of human rights in Iraq showed that the US had total disregard for intrernational norms. This was obious from its actions in Palestine, Iraq and several other countries, which do not adhere to its dictates.
"The Iraqi people may look weak now, but they will defeat the coalition forces because it is the will of God that the arrogant are always humbled by the weak," Maulana Jawwad added.
Mufti Mukaram said that even innocent women, chidren and elderly people have been ill-treated by the coalition forces for more than a year. America and Britain had said before the war that they would fight to stop atrocities on Iraqis by the Saddam regime, but the reverse is being seen, as the coalition forces are committing worse crimes.
"If there were no diplomatic hurdles, thousands would have gone from here to fight and protect holy shrines in Iraq," said Mufti Mukaram
Social activist, Swami Agnivesh condemned the attack on the holy sites of Iraq by the occupation
The Dwaraka Sankracharya said the Iraq war posed a "grave threat to humanity" as even the holiest Islamic shrines in Karbala and Najaf were not spared.
— M. Mazharul Haque
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