Press Statements

Indian Muslims' Mushawarat Deliberates on National, Int'l Issues

Markazi Majlis (Central Committee) of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat held a meeting today, 12 March 2013. Following is the press statement issued after it.

New Delhi, 12 March 2013: The Markazi Majlis (Central Committee) of the All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat (AIMMM), the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organisations and eminet personalities, held its first meeting of the year 2013 here today at the central office. The meeting was chaired by the AIMMM National President Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan and attended by the following members:Janab Mohammad Jafar (Vice President), Janab Mohammad Sulaiman (General Secretary) Janab Ejaz Ahmed Aslam (General Secretary), Janab Syed Shahabuddin, Dr. Mateen Ahmed Siddiqui, Janab Mujtaba Farooq, Dr. S.Q.R. Ilyas, Prof. S.M.Yahya, Dr. Jawed Ahmad, Mr. Shahid Sharif Shaikh, Janab Nusrat Ali, Janab Ejaz Maqbool Advocate, Janab S.M.Y. Nadeem, Janab Mohammad Ahmad (representing Jamaat-e Islami Hind), Shaikh Riyaz Ahmad Salfi (representing Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees) and Janab Akhlaq Husain Chishti of Kanpur (special invitee).

The meeting offered condolences to the millat and families of prominent leaders of the community who passed away recently and prayed for their souls, especially Prof. HANIF AHMAD NAQVI, noted Urdu researcher, critic and author died in his home town Sahaswan (Dist. Badaun, U.P.) on 22 December at the age of 76 years; NAZIRUL HAQ AJMAL, younger brother of Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, Assam’s industrialist and Lok Sabha M.P. from Dhubri (Assam) who is president of All India United Democratic Front died in Dubai on 10 December 2012 at the age of 48 years; SALIK LAKHNAWI, noted progressive Urdu poet, journalist, researcher, litterateur and editor of Urdu daily Aabshaar died in Kolkata on 4 January; MOLVI HUSAIN HAJI IBRAHIM UMARJI, the cleric and social worker who was arrested and jailed as the ‘mastermind’ of Godhra train fire in 2002 under a conspiracy by communalists, media and Gujarat government but who was subsequently acquitted, died of brain haemorrhage on 13 January at his residence in Godhra at the age of about 72 years; Prof. KABIR AHMAD JAESI, former Director of AMU’s Department of Islamic Studies died in this University’s JN Medial College on 7 January at the age of 76 years; Hakeem MAZHAR SUBHAN USMANI, a Unani physician of Delhi died on 15 January at the age of 80 years. He was President of the Deparatment of Medicines and Treatment in Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbi College, Qarwal Bagh (Delhi University). He also served as the Vice Chairman of National Minorities Commission; SYED MUHAMMAD SAABIR MUJADDIDI, City Qazi of Agra died in this city on 16 January at the age of 83 years; HAJI MUHAMMAD NAZEER MASTER, probably the last Muslim freedom fighter died of old age in Mumbai on 13 January at the age of 96 years; Prof. MEHDI HASAN, dean of AMU’s Faculty of Medicine and former Principal of Medical College, head of Department of Anatomy and also dean of Students Welfare died in a Lucknow hospital on 12 January at the age of 76 years; Prof. WALIUL HAQ ANSARI, a poet, litterateur and researcher died on 28 January at his ancestral home in Firangi Mahal, Lucknow at the age of 88 years; Prof. SHAMS TABREZ, a scholar of Urdu, Persian and Arabic and former President of Lucknow University’s Department of Arabic died of heart attack on 19 January at the age of about 62 years; MAULANA ABDULLAH HASANI, Hadees teacher at Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow and a religious scholar died in Lucknow on 30 January after months of illness at the age of 55 years; MAULANA HAMIDUL ANSARI ANJUM JAMAL ASARI, religious scholar, orator, poet, author and journalist died in his home town in Sant Kabir Nagar district (U.P.) on 17 February at the age of about 84 years; Prof. TANVIR AHMAD ALVI, noted Urdu researcher and litterateur who was President of Delhi University’s Department of Urdu died in Delhi on 20 February at the age of 90 years; Prof. SYED AMEEN ASHRAF, AMU’s famous teacher, poet and critic of English literature died in Aligarh on 7 February at the age of 80 years.  The meeting also remembered and prayed for the spouses of two important Muslim personalities of Delhi who died recently: KHALIQUR RAHMAN QIDWAI, husband of Mrs. Mohsina Qidwai, chairperson of Haj Committee of India and a former union minister, died on 16 February and Mrs. SURAIYYA HAMID, wife of Saiyid Hamid, Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard and a former Vice Chancellor of AMU, died on 17 February at the age of 83 years.

The meeting discussed milli, national and organisational matters and passed the year 2013 budget of the AIMMM. The meeting also constituted a Committee for the White Paper on Terrorism being prepared by AIMMM. It consists of Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, JanabMohammad Sulaiman (convener), Dr. S.Q.R. Ilyas, Janab Ejaz Maqbool Advocate,Janab Mohammad Ahmad and Janab Akhlaq Husain Chishti. The committee will popularise the project, collect materials and funds and prepare for a major conference to held later in the year where the white paper will be released and the issue of terrorism discussed in addition to other problems faced by the community.

The meeting also discussed and passed the following resolutions:

Hindutva terror

AIMMM registers its displeasure at the retraction by the Union Home Minister Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde of his 20 January 2013 statement at Jaipur about “Hindu terrorism” in the country and its terror camps run by the RSS and BJP. That statement was supported the very next day by the Union Home Secretary who published a list of ten Hindutva terrorists connected to the RSS. AIMMM notes that Mr. Shinde’s Jaipur statement was not something new as the previous Home Minister Mr. Chidambaram and Congress leader Mr Rahul Gandhi too had earlier made similar statements. The contours of the Hindutva terror are now fairly well-known after the Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare’s chargesheet in the Malegaon 2008 blasts case and Aseemanand’s confession. NIA’s extensive investigations into the Hindutva terror, especially in M.P.’s Malwa region, which recently led to a number of arrests of fugitive terrorists, are fairly in the public domain and also prove that the BJP-ruled M.P. state is a safe hideout of these terrorists. AIMMM registers its apprehension that the Home Minister’s retraction will hurt future investigations in terror cases as Police and investigation agencies will now hesitate to name Hindutva terrorists and this effect was seen by all in the recent Hyderabad blasts where, from day one, Police and security agencies tried to divert the investigations into a certain direction.

Crime

AIMMM condemns the slack security, slow moving wheels of justice and general apathy towards crimes committed against ordinary citizens – all this contributed to the ghastly crime committed against a hapless young student and her companion on a Delhi road on 16 December last year. After widespread protests, the government has shown some seriousness is tackling crime and has since introduced stricter punishments in cases of ghastly crimes. Despite these measures and media attention, crimes of all kinds are being committed as usual as reported by newspapers every single day. Recently a police officer (Ziaul Haq) was murdered while on duty by goons enjoying political patronage. People lodged in jails are also getting killed inside. All this places extra responsibility on the civil society, administration, Police and judiciary to show more seriousness in protecting the common man. AIMMM demands harsher punishments in cases of violent crimes.

Maslaki intolerance

The AIMMM registers its strong disapproval and displeasure at cases of maslaki intolerance where dead are not allowed to be buried in certain qabristans or marriages are opposed on account of difference of maslak or biradari and where marriages are claimed to have become “invalid” and where people are excommunicated by local maulvis for praying behind an Imam of a different maslak. These are signs of jihalat and intolerance which has no basis in Shariat or the law of the land. AIMMM appeals to the Muslim masses to reject such black sheep in our midst and resist efforts to divide the community.

Riots

Communal riots are again routinely taking place in various parts of north India. U.P. alone has seen over 200 riots during the past year since the installation of the S.P. government including nine major riots. Out of these, Faizabad riots on 25 October last year spread to a large area of the district. Press Council of India report about Faizabad riots has confirmed that the violence was preplanned. In both Faizabad and Dhule (6 January 2013), Police played a partisan role and fired at Muslims unprovoked. State governments have to be extra vigilant in the run up to the general elections next year as communal forces donning saffron colour are hell-bent to polarise the society in order to get votes. AIMMM urges the Union government to pass the stalled Communal Violence (Prevention) Bill at the earliest.

Police reform

Police reform is an age-old demand of civil society in the country. Police still functions under the laws and rules laid down by the British colonial rulers. The Police is one of the most brutal and corrupt forces in the country. Torture, kidnapping, encounter, murder in custody and corruption have besmirched the face of this force. Very recently, a police officer in Mathura killed a Mewati driver (Shabbir) in cold blood and told people of Mewat not to come near Mathura or they too will meet a similar fate. He told community leaders from Mewat that government has given him “licence to kill”. The fast worsening situation demands a quick re-look at the problems of the Police and how to turn it into a force in service of the people. It is high time various past recommendations about recruitment of minorities in the police force and ensuring a composite representation in police stations is seriously implemented.

Babri / Ayodhya

Sangh Parivar and its political face, the BJP, are again raising the issue of the Ram Mandir at the site of the martyred Babri Mosque, while the issue is sub-judice. Though the issue has now lost its sentimental value, Sangh outfits hope to use it as a tool for polarisation of society. AIMMM reiterates that the Muslim community rejects any attempt to seek a solution by force or stealth and that only the courts are now entitled to say the last word in this unnecessary dispute raked and muddied by the Sangh outfits.

Kamal Maula Masjid / Bhojshala

Hindutva forces are opening a new front in Dhar by trying to occupy the Kamal Maula Masjid, or Dhar Jama Masjid, which they call “Bhojshala”. According to the status quo, both communities are allowed access to the premises at different times. This year at Basant Panchmi (15 February), which was also a Friday, Hindutva forces tried to deny Muslims the right to offer Friday prayers rejecting their entry into the premises even during 1-3 p.m. Hindutva activists gheraoed the area and attacked the police force mobilised there. There is apprehension that Hindutva forces may try to do a “Babri” there by demolishing the mosque and creating countrywide tension and riots. Since the monument is ASI-protected, the central government should come forward to protect the mosque and frustrate Hindutva designs. The ASI should rethink its earlier permission to Hindus to enter the monument on Tuesdays which they are misusing now and the whole issue should be reconsidered by a group of experts.

Budget for minorities

The AIMMM is dismayed at the meagre allocation for minorities in this year’s budget. Though higher than the previous year, it is still only 10 percent of the allocations for the SCs/STs. The AIMMM demands that since as per Sachar Report, Muslims are as backward on all indices as SCs/STs, their allocation too should be at par. Moreover, like the SCs/STs sub-plan, Muslims too should get a sub-plan so that allocations are strictly spent on the uplift of the community. Moreover, delivery system should be improved so that funds reach the intended community and are not diverted to other areas or projects. Minority Ministry should make it sure to utilise all funds judiciously and prevent the funds’ return unutilised.

Hyderabadblast

The AIMMM condemns the terrorist blast and its perpetrators which killed killing 18 people and injured more than 50in Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar on  21 February. Whosever committed this and similar crimes must be nabbed and given exemplary and deterrent punishment. It is painful to observe that despite the shocking memories of Muslim youths framed in the Makkah Masjid blast, media relying on unnamed sources started blaming Muslims from the very first hour. Some boys acquitted in the Makkah Masjid case were re-arrested, teams were rushed to look for clues in so-called “terror hubs” in Azamgarh and Darbhanga etc. and people serving jail terms at the time of the blast were arrested in the case. Media, Police and security agencies should investigate all possible avenues and point fingers only once irrefutable evidence is unearthed.

U.P. Sunni Waqf Board

The unceremonial ouster of the CEO of the U.P. Sunni Waqf Board, who was studiously enquiring into corruption and usurped properties, sheds a bad light on the intentions of the U.P. state government. It is a sad commentary on the government which seemingly prefers to continue the loot and illegal exploitation of waqf properties while so many Muslim poor are leading a miserable life and could benefit immensely if waqfs are properly administered.

Situation in J&K

The Central government by hurriedly executing Afzal Guru has sent a bad signal to the Valley of Kashmir. It is beyond doubt that Afzal Guru did not get a fair trial, that he was not the mastermind or an actual participant in the terrorist attack on our Parliament. Allowing him a last appeal to the Supreme Court and letting him meet his family members for a last time was a legal as well as a moral and humanitarian requirement. Our government failed on both counts. It failed also to take into account the umpteen warnings that the situation in J&K will only worsen as a result of his execution. As a result, the Valley has been under curfew most of the time since his fateful hanging on 9 February. The Indian government should now show some humanity and courtesy by returning his body to his family for a proper burial.

Police Bill in J&K

The J&K government has surreptitiously, while the Valley was under curfew, introduced a draconian Police Bill which is similar to AFPSA and gives enormous powers to the Police and envisages to create “Special Security Zones” where Police will be authorised to distribute guns to people in a re-creation of the discredited “Village Defence Committees” when persons in Hindu localities were issued fire-arms. If some provisions of AFPSA are removed or some areas are taken out of the purview of the AFPSA after the passage of this bill, it will hardly change the situation on the ground for the ordinary Kashmiri. AIMMM asks the J&K government to reconsider the bill and delete its controversial and anti-people provisions.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh government has saw it fit to re-open “war crimes” cases after a lapse of 41 years and has implicated people who were never accused before or did not even live in East Pakistan at the time of the events in question. The so-called “International Crimes Tribunal” is neither international nor an unbiased court of justice. Its judges and prosecutors are political appointees. Its chief judge was caught working in cahoots with a lawyer close to the ruling party. This judge has since resigned in disgrace. The sole aim of the “tribunal” is to liquidate Jamaate Islami Bangladesh which had been a poll ally of the current ruling party in 1996but now allies with the opposition BNP. The Bangladesh government by initiating this act of vendetta against Jamaate Islami Bangladesh and BNP has vitiated the peace and harmony in the country and has paved the road to a protracted civil war. Already dozens of people have lost their lives in protests against these controversial verdicts. If Bangladesh government is really serious, it should approach the UN Security Council to arrange an “International Criminal Tribunal” on the lines of Rwanda and Bosniain order to ensure a fair trial, although the South African model of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be a more humane and wise route to overcome the pain and agony of the events of 1971.

Syria

AIMMM reiterates its rejection of the Syrian Baathist regime’s games to prolong the conflict and give it a sectarian colour. The regime has already caused murder of over 70,000 Syrians and widespread destruction across Syria and forced nearly one million into exile. No system or government is more important than its people. The Syrian government must without any delay start sincere negotiations with the opposition to find a solution to stop blood-letting and destruction.

Moreover, the AIMMM rejects and forcefully condemns the efforts of the Syrian government to implicate Indian Muslims in the crisis caused by its own fascist policies. AIMMM notes the baseless insinuation made by a Syrian envoy to India recently that Indian Muslims are fighting alongwith the Syrian rebel forces. This is a baseless and concocted lie manufactured to secure the support of certain elements in the Indian government and media. According to our information, there is no iota of truth in this lie which is normal for the Baathist rulers in Damascus.

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