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Foreign military intervention in Libya unacceptable

New Delhi: Muslim organisations in a joint statement issued on 4 March 2011 expressed their deep concern about the reports of a possible military intervention in Libya by America and NATO. Indian Muslim organisations in a joint statement expressed their solidarity with the peoples struggle in Libya for restoration of democratic norms.

They condemned the brutal repression unleashed by Colonel Gaddafi against his own people, in which hundreds of citizens have been killed. These organisations said that on the pretext of internal unrest in Libya, a foreign military intervention is not acceptable at all. Muslim public opinion rejects this approach categorically and will not tolerate it. The USA and western powers have no business to act as world policemen and undermine the independence and sovereignty of any country. America and NATO have created enough disturbances in Iraq and Afghanistan killing lakhs of people. History would never forgive their crimes.

They cannot be given the license to carry on their ill-advised adventures in other lands to create yet another crisis. All that the western powers are interested in is Arab oil; human rights issue is just a convenient excuse to justify aggressive designs. Indian Muslim organisations urged the Indian government to prevail upon America and its allies to restrain from any military intervention. India should also make all efforts to bring Indians safely home from Libya.

Signataries of the  statement were: Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan (Working President, All india Muslim Majlise-Mushawarat), Nusrat Ali (Secretary General, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind), Niyaz Ahmad Farooqui (Secretary, Jamiat Ulemae Hind), Ml. Asghar Imam Mehdi (General Secretary, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith) and Mohammad Azharuddin (President, Students Islamic Organisation of India).

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2011 on page no. 21

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