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Leaders condemn the western campaign against Libya

New Delhi:: Prominent Indian Muslim leaders issued the following statement on 20 March 2011: “While we reject and condemn the autocratic Gaddafi regime’s murder of protesting Libyan civilians and we support the struggle of the Libyan people to free themselves of the shackles of a brutal dictatorship, we equally reject and condemn the western military campaign against the Gaddafi regime. This western campaign has clear imperialist and hegemonic designs against the oil wealth and the strategic geographical position of Libya. The same powers did not lift a finger against the brutal Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Syrian lands and the murderous Zionist attacks against Gaza Strip and Lebanon, and the same powers are taking a diagonally opposite stand towards similar popular movements in some other Arab countries. We also condemn the Arab League for meekly providing a fig leaf for the western powers to interfere and occupy an Arab country.

The only acceptable way out of the current Libyan crisis is to support the Libyan transitional government with arms and resources enabling it to topple the tyrant regime in Tripoli. A people’s movement must not be used to impose western control over yet another Muslim country. We genuinely fear that the current western military campaign will quickly lead to landing of western forces on the Libyan soil in order to loot Libyan oil wealth and plant a permanent military presence on its soil as has already happened in Afghanistan and Iraq. We strongly urge Arab countries not to fall in this trap and to refrain from offering their token support as it will be used to legitimise this neocolonial campaign.” The statement was signed by Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, Working President, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat; Mujtaba Farooq, Secretary, Jamaat-e Islami Hind; Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji, President, Indian Islahi Movemrnt; Dr Taslim Rahmani, Muslim Political Council of India; Navaid Hamid, General Secretary, Movement for the Empowerment of Muslim Indians; Feroze Mithiborwala, President, Bharat Bachao Andolan, Mumbai; and Prof. M.H. Jawahirullah, Tamilnadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, Chennai

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 21

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