Joint Appeal by Muslim Organizations and Leaders
For the Immediate Release of Indians Held in Iraq
New Delhi, 30 July, 2004: On behalf of the signatories, Mr. Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis- e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:
"The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, the Movement for Empowerment of Muslim Indians and other eminent leaders of the Muslim Community jointly appeal to the militant group which has taken some Indian nationals working for a Kuwaiti company as hostages not to take an irreversible step which would erode the support the Iraqi Resistance enjoys all over the world.
We have taken note of the steps already taken by the Government of India: it has appointed a negotiator; it has prohibited Indians from traveling to Iraq and has decided to stamp Indian passports as ‘not valid for Iraq’; it has also decided to facilitate the return of the Indian nationals working in Iraq. Above all, it has taken a clear stand against sending any forces to Iraq to serve under the Unified Command.
We are convinced that these persons are absolutely innocent and it would be inhuman and un-Islamic to cause any injury to them.
In the name of Islam and in the name of ancient ties between the peoples of Iraq and India, we unitedly call upon the militant group, to release them unconditionally."
Syed Shahabuddin, President, A.I. Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat
Syed Nizamuddin, General Secretary, A.I. Muslim Personal Law Board
Khurshid Alam Khan, Former Governor of Karnataka, Member NE, AIMMM
Mahmood Madani, General Secretary, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind
Mohammad Jafar, General Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind
Asghar Imam Mahdius Salfi, Geeneral Secretary, Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith
Moosa Raza, President, Movement for Empowerment of Muslim Indians
Syed Shamim Kazim, President, All India Shia Conference
Saiyid Hamid, Former VC, AMU, Secretary, Hamdard Education Society, Member NE, AIMMM
Md. Hamid Ansari, former Indian Ambassador to UN and former VC, AMU, Member NE, AIMMM
Zeeshan Hedayati, Chairman, Safinatul Hedaya Trust, Member NE, AIMMM
M. Afzal, Editor, Akbar-e-Nau, Member NE, AIMMM
Akbar Jung, Former Secretary to the Government of India, Member NE, AIMMM
Zafarul Islam Khan, Editor, The Milli Gazette & GS, AIMMM
S.Q.R. Ilyas, Editor, The Afkar-e-Milli, Member NE, AIMMM
Received from Syed Shahabuddin, President
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