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Last Updated: December 29, 2008
The Hindu: Milli Council Pays Tribute to Mumbai Cops


New Delhi, December 27 Expressing its shock and anguish over the recent terror attacks in Mumbai, the All-India Milli Council on Saturday sympathised with the kith and kin of those killed and acknowledged the sacrifice of “brave cops” like Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar.

Addressing a national convention, “Eradicate terrorism, build nation”, at Jamia Millia Islamia here, Milli Council general secretary Mohammad Manzoor Alam said: “Horrendous events like the Mumbai attacks have become part of our consciousness. We know that too many external elements and agencies have entered the scene. Although one-fourth of the victims of the attacks were Muslims and all attackers were outsiders, the Bharatiya Janata Party tried to corner the Indian Muslims once again over the issue. We are convinced that even the handful of Indian Muslims accused of terrorist acts have been a victim of the Sangh Parivar’s terror.”

Pointing out that even before the Deoband Declaration every masjid across the country had condemned terrorism, former Member of Parliament Syed Shahabuddin charged that in the name of terrorism atrocities were being committed on the minority community in the country.

“To terrorise a particular community is not correct. If Muslim leaders have been repeatedly condemning terrorism, this doesn’t mean that we have a guilt complex. There is a fear psychosis among the younger generation as community profiling is going on and our areas are under strict surveillance,” he said.

Expressing concern over “the rise of Hindu terrorism”, Mr. Shahabuddin said: “After 1947, Hindu terrorism started taking shape as a number of young men from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s shakhas joined the Army. They have been indoctrinated with anti-Muslim feelings. The destruction of Babri Majid in Ayodhya and the killings of Muslims in Gujarat were nothing but acts of State terrorism. Therefore, the resolution [to be passed by the convention] must condemn Muslim, Hindu and State terrorism.”

Rajya Sabha member Ahmed Saeed Malihabadi said a threadbare investigation should be conducted to find out the place of origin of the ten terrorists who had attacked Mumbai a month ago. “The war hysteria and phobia going on in India and Pakistan these days has vitiated the atmosphere. I am afraid if this kind of talk continues and another terror attack occurs then there is likelihood that the two nations can go to war against each other. While in the Mumbai attacks nearly 200 people were killed, in case of a war there would be thousands of widows and orphans on both side of the border. Both India and Pakistan should despatch a goodwill delegation to diffuse the volatile situation and put an end to war mongering.”

To put at rest all controversy surrounding the identity of the lone terrorist of the Mumbai attacks, Kasab, National Integration Council member Navaid Hamid said a genetic test on Kasab and his relatives in Pakistan would establish his lineage.

In a resolution, the All-India Milli Council demanded constitution of a commission of inquiry headed by a retired Chief Justice of India to look into matters on terrorism.

The Milli Council has also demanded that the probes into the Melegaon, Nanded and Hari Masjid cases be taken to their logical conclusion. It has urged the Centre to drop all cases under TADA and POTA and immediately release all individuals held without charges under these laws.

Besides urging the Government to ratify the United Nations Convention against torture and enact a national law against torture, the Council has called upon the Centre to remain committed to the principles of non-alignment and not yield to pressure from big powers in formulation of foreign policy.

TwoCircles.net: Milli Council Calls for National Unity to Fight Terror

New Delhi, December 27 All India Milli Council (AIMC) has called for national unity to fight terrorism while demanding a holistic effort on political, social, economic and ideological levels to come to grips with the menace of terrorism in the country.

AIMC has expressed its heartfelt shock and anguish over the recent terror attacks in Mumbai and sympathy with the kith and kin of those killed and commended the brave cops like Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamte who sacrificed their lives while combating terrorism.

At a national convention on “Eradicate Terrorism, Build Nation” held in New Delhi on December 27 the AIMC passed a resolution on issues concerning terrorism and vowed to arouse general consciousness against the menace of terrorism in the country.

“AIMC urges countrymen in general, irrespective of caste, colour and religion, to get united in the fight against terrorism in spirit and action,” says the resolution. The organization has also expressed hope that the probes in cases like Malegaon, Nanded and Hari Masjid (Maharashtra) would continue and reach a natural conclusion.

“AIMC thinks that delay in delivery or denial of justice as well as deprivation of due rights often lead some to frustration and dismay and to go astray. Therefore, keeping all this in view, this umbrella body of Muslim organizations urges the government to pay attention to it,” says the resolution.

It condemned the politics of fear and expressed concern over the “growing fear, insecurity and uncertainty in the wake of the reports of detention, ill-treatment, harassment, torture, custodial death and 'fake' police encounter of innocent persons.”

PTI: Muslim Group Calls for Holistic Effort to Deal with Terrorism

New Delhi, Dec 27 (PTI) A prominent Muslim group today said a holistic effort on political, social, economic, legal and ideological levels is needed to come to grips with the threat of terrorism.

The All India Milli Council, which organised a national convention on "Eradicate Terrorism, Build Nation", adopted a 15-point resolution asking the government to pay attention to the delay in delivery or denial of justice as well as deprivation of due rights of the people.

It urged the government to constitute a Commission headed by retired Supreme Court Chief Justice to look into the matters connected with terrorism.

The group also demanded that the government make reforms in administration and Police in the changing national and international scenario.


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