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Kazmi: Mushawarat writes to Home Minister, Lt Governer....

All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat writes to Hon'ble Home Minister, Hon'ble Lt. Governor Delhi, Hon'ble Chairman, Press council of India and Police Commissioner Delhi regarding Muhammad Ahmad Kazmi's arrest and after it is a citizen's statement
Respected Sir,

It has come as a shock to the Muslim community that a senior Urdu journalist and an important member of the Muslim community Mr Muhammad Ahmad Kazmi has been arrested by Delhi Special Police on unproven and wild terror charges. Mr Kazmi is accused of “helping” a terrorist while that particular terrorist remains unknown and at large.

The Muslim community is pained to see that the at-random arrests of Muslim youth, which started a few weeks ago, are only continuing, and now the arrest of a person of Mr Kazmi’s stature points to a serious escalation where even senior members of the community are not safe from arrest at the hands of the Police on totally unproven and wild charges. Such behaviour on the part of the Police and other agencies seriously dents their own credibility and is also injurious to the democratic setup of the country. Mr Muhammad Ahmad Kazmi is a senior and respected Urdu journalist of long standing who works and writes in the higher interests of the country.

It seems that anyone who speaks and writes against the rogue government of Israel will now be targeted by our security agencies which are mesmerised by the Israelis who flout hundreds of UN resolutions to say the least. The strange presence of the dubious Israeli espionage outfit Mossad in our country only helps to multiply this menace.

We wish to meet you at the earliest in order to express our anguish to you in person. Kindly give us an appointment at the earliest.

Yours sincerely,
Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan,
President, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat

For and on behalf of
Mujtaba Farooq, Chairman, Coordination Committee for Indian Muslims
Dr SQR Ilyas, General Secretary, Welfare Party of India
Maulana Jalal Haidar Naqvi, Jt. Secretary, All India Shia Ulama Council
Dr Tasleem Rahmani, President, Muslim Political Council of India
Muhammad Ahmad, Political Secretary, Jamaat-e Islami Hind
Zaheer Zaidi, President, Shia Point
Syed Mansoor Agha, senior Urdu journalist
Maulana Muhsin Taqwi, President, National Council of Shia Ulama
Shuaib Shaikh, Secretary, Students Organisation of India
AK Kidwai, Secretary, Association for Protection of Civil Rights
Maulana Ataur Rahman Qasmi, Director, Shah Waliullah Institute
Muhammad Ahmad Khan, Urdu Journalist
8 March 2012
[Umbrella body of the Indian Muslim Organizations]
D-250, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025
Tel.: 011-26946780 Fax: 011-26947346 Email: mushawarat[@]

Citizens' Statement on the arrest of Mr. Kazmi

The undersigned condemn the arrest of senior journalist Syed Mohammad Kazmi by the Delhi Police Special Cell in connection with the attack on Israeli diplomat last month. Mr. Kazmi’s arrest is reminiscent of the arrest and false allegations against another veteran journalist, Iftikhar Gilani, several years ago. We fear that Mr. Kazmi may be made a scapegoat in order to please an international lobby. It is no secret that Israel held Iran culpable within minutes of the attack, and there has been immense pressure on India to sever its ties with Iran—both from Israel and US (to the extent that US displayed its obvious unhappiness to foreign secretary Ranjan Mathaiwith the fact that India was not heeding the unilateral sanctions imposed by the US on Iran).

Israel also pressured India to support a resolution condemning “Iranian terrorism” in the UN Security Council. While the Indian government has so far held out against the pressure, even refusing to implicate Iran in the attack, a recent report in Jerusalem Post stated that, “Israel provided the Indian authorities with information on two suspects in the attack connected with Iran” ( Has Mr. Kazmi been picked up upon tips provided by Israeli agencies? How credible can these inputs be, given Israel’s clear intent to condemn and implicate Iran as the source of the attack? We are anxious that the Persian-knowing Mr. Kazmi, a journalist with the Iranian News agency, IRNA, who would obviously be in regular touch with his sources and employers in Iran and the Iranian embassy, is being targeted precisely because of these reasons.  
Mr. Kazmi is well respected and known to the journalist fraternity for his professional integrity. We demand that he be immediately released on bail and the due process of law followed.

In solidarity,

Manisha Sethi, Jamia Teachers' Solidarity Association
Ajit Sahi, Senior Journalist, Delhi
Mahtab Alam, Civil Rights Activist and Freelance Journalist
Seema Mustafa, Senior Journalist  
Arundhati Roy, Writer and Activist
Prof. Kamal Mitra Chenoy, JNU
Prof. Amwar Alam, Center for West Asian Studies, Jamia
Shabnam Hashmi, ANHAD
Javed Naqvi, Senior Journalist
Sanjay Kak, Filmmaker
Prof. Sohini Ghosh, MCRC, Jamia
Sadiq Naqvi, Journalist
Zafarul-Islam Khan, Journalist
& others

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