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Prominent Muslim groups express concern over present situation in India, particularly in BJP-ruled-states at Joint meeting in Delhi

By Our Chief Editor B. R. Abdul Wajid

New Delhi: (10th January 2020) In the wake of grim situation prevailing in the country due to the ongoing protest against the controversial new citizenship law, NPR, and NRC, leading religious and community organizations of the Indian Muslims held an important meeting under the chairmanship of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind president Maulana Syed Arshad Madani at the Mufti Kifayatullah Hall at the JUH headquarters here in New Delhi.

Besides Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Darul Uloom Deoband vice chancellor, Jamaat Islami Hind, Markazi Jamiat – e – Ahle Hadees, All India Milli Council, All India Muslim Majlis – e – Mushawarat and prominent leaders from other parts of the country attended the meeting. The meeting took the stock of situation and deliberated upon new citizenship law and reviewed the ongoing movement and struggle against this law in detail. Following this, the meeting passed several resolutions in this regard.

(1) The Citizenship Amendment Act, NPR and NRC:

This meeting of religious and community organizations expressed concern over the Citizenship Amendment Act, NPR and NRC. The Amended Citizenship law is not only anti-Constitutional but it also violates the pluralistic character of the country. This law discriminates with people on the basis of their religion and directly contradicts fundamental rights enshrined in the Articles, 14, 15 and 21 in the Constitution. It also contradicts the Preamble of the Constitution of India.

Similarly, the community organizations feel that NRC has created turmoil and chaos in Assam and citizens were excluded from the NRC simply because there were errors in their name’s spelling and documents. They also feel that NPR that has been brought in by the government is actually the first steps towards the NRC exercise, and that the new NPR demands more things than the old one NPR of 2010. The meeting demands that the religious discrimination clause from the CAA should be removed, the NPR would either be withdrawn or its additional clauses are removed. The community organizations also feel that the new citizenship law will also affect our friendly relations with neighboring countries, especially Bangladesh.

(2) Attacks on the country’s universities:

The meeting also extends full moral support to the struggles launched by the Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University and other students and youths against these laws. It also condemns in strongest possible terms the police attacks on the students of Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Hyderabad Central University. It considers the attacked on the JNU students by masked goons as highly reprehensible and condemnable act. It also is deplorable that the police and JNU security personnel have been not only seen as mute spectators but also helping the masked goons while they were attacking the helpless students. The meeting demands to initiate judicial inquiry into the attacks on JNU campus and the strict action against those police personnel who were found guilty.

(3) Attacks on protesters in BJP-ruled states:

The meeting also condemned the police brutalities and excesses on the peaceful demonstrators in the BJP-ruled states in the strongest possible terms. From Assam to UP and Karnataka, more than 30 people and a large number people were injured in the police firing. Furthermore, the police also arrested hundreds of demonstrators and filed cases against them. It is highly deplorable that without any due process of law, investigation and judicial proceeding, the shops of Muslims are being confiscated to compensate for destruction of public assets during the protests. The meeting strongly condemned these measures and actions of these state governments and demands the judicial inquiry into the incidents of Police violence and excesses and stern action should be taken against those police personnel who were involved in these incidents. This meeting also calls upon these (BJP-led) state governments to pay appropriate compensation to those who killed and injured in police firing.

The following persons attended the meeting.

Maulana Arshad Madani, Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, Maulana Muhammad Wali Rahmani, Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi, Syed Sadatullah Hussaini, Maulana Abdulla Mugheesi, Maulana Asghar Imam Mehdi Salafi, Professor Akhtar al-Wase, Dr. Qasim Rasool Elyas, Naved Hamid, Maulana Shabbir Nadvi, Malik Mutasim Khan, Maulana Abdul-Aleem Farooqui, Maulana Asjad Madani, Maulana Ashhad Rashidi, Maulana Muslim Qasmi, Mufti Ashfaq Ahmad, Maulana Haleemullah Qasmi, Maulana Qari Shamshuddin, Maulana Muhammad Khalid Qasmi, Maulana Muhammad Haroon, Mufti Abdul Raziq and Prof. Ehtasham-ul-Haq.

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