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JIH to campaign against arrests of Muslim youths

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New Delhi: Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, expressing serious concerns on the continued arrests of Muslim youths in the name of counter-terror operations, demanded the government of India to stop the whole ongoing act of injustice and release all innocent persons immediately and give them reasonable compensation. He was addressing Jamaat’s monthly press meet here on 5 May. He announced that the Jamaat will launch a nationwide campaign against the arrests of Muslim youths.

He said, “Government is not adopting fair measures in this regard despite the continuous demand by the Muslim community to stop this unjust drive. Inspite of showing sympathy with the innocents, the government has unleashed a new campaign of arresting innocent Muslims in terror cases. Its recent episode is the arrest of journalist Mohammad Ahmad Kazmi and putting hurdles in his way to get bail.”  

On the issue of the 25-year-old Hashimpura anti-Muslim massacre by the PAC, the president of the Jamaat said that it is a sad reality that a long period has passed but the victims still did not get justice. He expressed hope that the new Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh will seriously consider this issue and will take all steps which can give justice to the victims on the one side and prosecute the culprits from the police, PAC and others. on the other side.

On the violation of the rights of the Assamese Muslims, Maulana Umari expressed concern about the deletion of Muslim voters’ names from the voters’ list and placing them as “D” Voters (whose citizenship is doubtful). He demanded the government to stop violating the rights of Muslim citizens.

The President of the Jamaat said that the whole Muslim community views with concern the government’s move to make registration of all marriages compulsory. He stressed that the decisions taken in the All India Personal Law Board’s (AIMPLB) recent Mumbai convention represented the opinion and feelings of the Indian Muslims. He appealed to the government to consider AIMPLB’s decisions while enacting any code in this regard.

Speaking on the Naxal problem, Maulana Umari called on the government to ensure the rights of the tribals and draw policies based on the ground realities regarding the Maoists.

On the Middle East’s present situation, Maulana Jalaluddin Umari said, “Israel is continuously committing atrocities against all Palestinians. Even the world community is ignoring the hunger strike of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. The efforts of United Nations for a ceasefire in Syria yielded no results. The UN-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan’s peace tour has also failed. The Syrian government is committing outrage against its own people and protesters. He called on all Muslim countries to come forward to resolve these two major issues by united and sincere efforts.

Maulana Umari strongly condemned the act of desecrating the Holy Qur’an by the American Pastor Terry Jones. He said, “the Pastor has once again hurt the whole Muslim community by burning the holy scripture of the Qur’an and the silence of the US administration is tragic. He asserted, “It is the appeal of all Indian Muslims and justice-loving Indian people that the US government should stop its frenzied persons from committing such immoral, illegal and sacrilegious acts and should give exemplary punishment to such persons.”

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2012 on page no. 7

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