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Arshad Madni elected JUH head for fourth time

New Delhi: Maulana Syed Arshad Madni, after being elected President of Jamiatul Ulama-e Hind (JUH) for the fourth time in the meeting of its executive committee held here on 24 July, took charge, and after this the existing executive committee was dissolved. According to JUH’s Constitution, new members of the new executive committee will be nominated by him and the meeting of the new (executive / working) committee will most probably be held next month i.e. August. He said that 51 advisers or members of JUH will be appointed who will elect the general secretary. He said that the conference of Managing Committee will be held on 19-20 November in which in addition to reviewing and discussing the conditions prevailing in the country, election for vice presidents and treasurer will also be held. He said that in the meeting of the (dissolved) executive committee concern was expressed over the conditions prevailing in the country and in addition to this, office and party matters were also discussed and decisions considered necessary were also taken. In this meeting it was also decided to grant scholarships to promising students and also to those students who had secured good marks and for this, a budget of Rs. 50 lakh was also approved for the current year. It was also stated that the scholarship scheme will soon be made on-line so that the deserving students could be able to take advantage of this. He said that this decision has been taken so that students joining short term courses may be able to finish these courses early and may be able to secure jobs. Speaking on the fresh wave of excesses and cruelties meted out to dalits in Gujrat and the uproar in the media on these cruelties he said that cruelties heaped on dalits in Gujrat, though highly condemnable, are not confined to that state only but have been taking place at different places since long which we also have always condemned but the way in which these uproars and angry voices have been raised in the media on the cruelties on dalits were not raised when the same elements heaped cruelties and insults on Muslims. In addition to beating them mercilessly they were forcefully fed cow dung also. He said that though such cruelties were meted out to Muslims, many times wrongly also, were mentioned in the media but never condemned so strongly and uproariously. Where were these media owners and representatives at those times?, he asked. He said that if these media persons would have raised their voices so strongly in cases of atrocities on Muslims, their conditions would not have been so bad as today. He said that we are with Dalits and if and when any section of society is a victim of cruelty and injustice, considering it our duty we raise our voice against such cruelties to any one or any section. Speaking on the fresh wave of violence in Kashmir he said that using pellet guns on agitated crowd is extremely inhuman act because with this not only hundreds and even thousands have been injured but even their eye sight has been greatly endangered. He asked why such inhuman weapon was used when other alternative and less drastic step like tear gas and water cannons etc could very well be used to control the crowd as elsewhere in India. He said that Kashmir is an integral part of India and proposal to this effect was passed by JUH in 1948 and still sticks to it. He said no kind of terrorism or foreign interference in Kashmir can be tolerated but the way in which pellets and unnecessary firings in brutal manners, many times were resorted to, on unarmed demonstrators is also condemnable and very inhuman act. This also clearly shows that government loves and is concerned about Kashmir only, not the Kashmiris. Among others who attended this conference were Maulana Abdul Aleem Farooqi, Maulana Habibur Rahman Qasmi, Maulana Syed Asjud Madni, Gulzar Ahmad Azmi etc.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 August 2016 on page no. 15

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