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2004: Indian Muslim Statements
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AIMMM Appreciates the Dalai Lama’s Concern for 
Resolving Babari Masjid Dispute
Requests the Dalai Lama to Ask VHP to Respect Rule of Law & Govt. to Evolve a Balanced, Just and Equitable Formula for Negotiations

New Delhi, 10 January March, 2004
: Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:

"The AIMMM appreciates the concern felt by H.H. the Dalai Lama which led him to appeal to both sides to reach an out-of-court settlement of the Ayodhya Dispute through negotiations. 
The AIMMM recalls that the Muslim side has never refused to negotiate an out-of-court settlement based on the revision of the Mandir site plan to exclude the Babari Masjid site and the construction of the proposed Ram Janambhoomi Mandir next to the Babari Masjid site, even utilizing part of the disputed land. But the VHP has been adamant on taking the Babari Masjid site which is not negotiable.
Unfortunately, all interventions in the past have failed because their object and purpose was to help the VHP achieve its unchanging goal of ‘shifting’ the Babari Masjid and including its site in the Mandir site plan.

The AIMMM also recalls the devious proposal that the Muslim side should help lift the legal objection to the commencement of the construction of the Mandir according to the VHP’s site plan, in return for a specious and impracticable assurance on the Hindu side to respect the judicial verdict, if it favours the Muslims!

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board had offered negotiations with the Union Government if it had a proposal to break the stalemate. The Government is yet to invite the Board though it has subsequently aligned itself fully with the VHP in the Supreme Court and outside and has been variously pressurizing the Board, the Babari Masjid Movement and the Muslim community to give up their claim to the Babari Masjid site.

The AIMMM considers that it is unfair to compare the AIMPLB and the VHP. While the AIMPLB is committed to accept the final judicial verdict, even if it goes against the Muslims, the VHP is committed to reject the final judicial verdict, if it goes against them. In any judicial verdict, one side wins and the other side loses. But the rule of law, which is the foundation of the democratic system, demands that a verdict of the Judiciary be accepted and executed, in good conscience, without fear or favour, by the Executive. 

The AIMMM, therefore, finds it strange why those, who come forward to resolve the dispute, never appeal to the VHP and the Hindu side to accept the final judicial verdict whatever it be and to the Union Government to commit itself to execute the verdict, in accordance with the road map given by the Supreme Court in its judgement of 19 October, 1994.

The AIMMM is firmly of the view that any out-of-court compromise must be based on give and take and deal with the vital interests of both sides, on terms of equality, parity and symmetry. No compromise can be acceptable if it gives everything it wants to the VHP right away and asks the Muslims to wait for the judicial verdict or take something in return! Also no compromise can be effected by pressure and threat.

The AIMMM, therefore, requests H.H. the Dalai Lama to appeal to the VHP to respect the rule of law and to propose to the Union Government that it should adopt the Middle Path and evolve a balanced, just and equitable formula for resolving the dispute."

Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
N-44, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi - 110 025 Phone: 2632 6780 Fax: 2632 7346
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