United Muslim Forum leaders demand repeal of POTA
Hyderabad: Presiding over a symposium on "New Government – problems and expectations," Abdur Raheem Quraishi, president of Tameer-e-Millat, stressed on the government that it should give prime importance to the internal peace and security of the country and to repeal POTA immediately. He stressed that the government should take steps to change corrupt officials in different departments of the government, adding that there is a need to clean the image of the judiciary from corruption. He said that the former communal government had misused the state machinery and there is need to finish that legacy. He directed the government's attention to the important points of Democracy, Secularism and Judiciary. Quraishi said that the situation after the general elections reflected the feelings of the people. He hoped the best with the new government. He said that people have demonstrated that the base of democracy has not weakened and secularism is still strong.
Maulana Sulaiman Sikandar said that within a short span of time after its formation, the United Muslim Forum (UMF) along with Jamaat-e-Islami, Tameer-e-Millat and Imarat-e Millat-e Islamia Andhra Pradesh has played a very important role to bring the country to the fold of Secularism and Democracy. Targeting the communal forces, these Muslim organizations have fought for the rights and problems of the minorities specially Muslims. The results reflected that the people do not like the communal hatred and madness.
Mohammed Yusuf Rahmatullah, general secretary of Tameer-e-Millat said that our aim was to defeat the communal forces in which we succeeded with the support and cooperation of the people. The defeat of Telgu Desam in Andhra Pradesh and Sangh Parivar in the Centre is a befitting reply of the people. CPI leader Aziz Pasha said that the effect of Muslim organizations on the election results could not be forgotten. What UMF has done is a historic work. Rahmat Ali, former MP, said that the sacrifices offered by Muslims could not be forgotten. Communal forces have done much to arouse suspicions but in vain.
— Ibrahim Usmani, Hyderabad
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