SCRAP BLACK LAWS LIKE AFSPA TO WIN OVER KASHMIRIS, MUSHAWARAT TELLS MODI GOVT

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Kashmiri villagers run for cover from tear gas shells and pellets fired at by Indian police during a protest near the funeral of Rayees Ahmad Dar, a suspected militant of Lashkar-e-Taiba in Kakpora village south of Srinagar.
Kashmiri villagers run for cover from tear gas shells and pellets fired at by Indian police during a protest near the funeral of Rayees Ahmad Dar, a suspected militant of Lashkar-e-Taiba in Kakpora village south of Srinagar.

BJP GOVT IN ASSAM TARGETING MUSLIMS, ALLEGES MUSLIM BODY; SAYS ARREST OF ISI AGENTS IN MADHYA PRADESH PROVES HINDUTVA GROUPS ACTIVE IN TERROR ACTIVTIES   

Abdul Bari Masoud | Caravan Daily

NEW DELHI — All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, an umbrella body of leading Indian Muslim organizations thas said the recent arrests of ISI agents in Madhya Pradesh has once again proved that terrorism in India is the monopoly of Hindutva outfits. While expressing grave concern over the targeting of Muslims in Assam, Mushawarat urged the Central government to initiate a multilateral dialogue with all stakeholders for resolving the Kashmir problem.

Addressing media persons here to brief about the general body meeting of the Mushawarat,  President Navaid Hamid said that several important issues including the ongoing Uttar Pradesh elections, triple talaq, repression of people in Kashmir and Assam, and terrorism-related arrests of BJP associates in Madhya Pradesh came up for discussion.

He said the Mushawarat expressed satisfaction over the ongoing assembly elections in UP as the people in the state didn’t fall into the polarization trap laid by the RSS and affiliates.  The Mushawarat once again urged the people in the state to cast their vote in larger numbers in the remaining phases for those parties which believe in the constitutional values and rule of law as this election is crucial for the protection of democracy in the country.

The ongoing repression of people in Kashmir and Assam is most alarming and the Mushawarat has taken strong notice of these happenings in its general body meeting and passed a strong resolution in this regard.

The Mushawarat condemned continuing human rights violations in Kashmir and urged the government of India to revoke the draconian laws such as AFPSA and PSA with immediate effect and start confidence building in the state.  Hamid said normalcy cannot be brought in Kashmir by using force and the center must start a multilateral dialogue with all stakeholders of the Kashmir problem.

The Mushawarat reiterated its demand for compensation and rehabilitation of pellet gun victims. The security forces must be restrained from using pellet guns as there are reports that forces are again using this lethal and inhumane weapon, emphasised the Mushawarat president.

The state and the central government should start confidence building measures by releasing the innocent youths and political prisoners. He said the Mushawarat has been all along demanding that Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Public Safety Act and other such laws should be immediately scrapped.   Without these measures normalcy and peace cannot be restored in the Kashmir Valley, Hamid said.

He alleged that the BJP government in Assam is trying to create Kashmir like the situation there by targeting local citizens in the name of infiltration and putting hundreds of innocent people in detention centers.

On the recent arrests of ISI agents in Madhya Pradesh, he said it has been once again proved the claim of Muslim leadership that terrorism in India is the monopoly of Hindutva outfits and Muslim organizations and youths were being unfairly targeted by media and law enforcement agencies to hide that truth.

Mushawarat Secretary General Mujtaba Farooq also addressed the media. He said Mushawarat is standing by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board on the issue of triple talaq and supports its efforts for internal reforms in Muslim society.

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