Ahead of verdict, Muslim leaders appeal for calm

Last Updated: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 00:09

New Delhi/Hyderabad: With the Allahabad
High Court verdict on the contentious Ayodhya title suit
approaching fast, top Muslim leaders today appealed to their
community to exercise restraint and respect the judgement.

They urged Muslims across the country to maintain peace
even if the verdict went against them.

At its meeting in New Delhi, the All India Muslim
Personal Law Board Committee on Babri Masjid decided to issue
an appeal to Muslims to exercise restraint.

It also sought a statement from the government that it
would come down heavily on elements trying to disturb law and
order.

"We will tomorrow issue an elaborate appeal to the
community through all Muslim organisations," Convenor of the
Committee S R Ilyas said.

"We will send a message asking the Muslim community that
there should not be any reaction whatever the verdict may be.
There should neither be any celebration nor any expression
of anger or protest," he said.

Emphasising that the option of appealing to the Supreme
Court was still open after the verdict, he said they would
abide by the final judicial verdict on the issue.

"Our movement will end after the final verdict of the
Supreme Court," Ilyas said.

In Hyderabad, AIMPLB Acting General Secretary Rahim
Qureshi appealed to the community to remain calm even if the
judgement went against it.

"There is no need to react even if the verdict goes
against us. Still, we have the option to approach the Supreme
Court," he said.

"The AIMPLB is seized of the matter and will do
whatever necessary to protect the interest of Muslims within
the framework of Constitution," said Qureshi, who is also
spokesman of the Board.

Besides appealing for calm, the government should send a
strong message that law-breakers would be dealt with sternly,
Ilyas said.

The Committee on Babri Masjid also appealed to all the
people in the country to maintain peace and consider the issue
as a dispute to be resolved by the court.

Prominent Muslim leaders like Syed Shahabuddin and Kamal
Farooqi attended the meeting while Zafaryab Jilani took part
through tele-conferencing.

The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court is slated
to deliver the verdict on the 60-year-old Ayodhya title suit
on September 24.

PTI



First Published: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 00:09

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