Ayodhya ruling: AIMPLB panel to appeal for restraint by Muslims

AIMPLB committee on Babri Masjid decided to issue an appeal to the Muslim community to exercise restraint and sought a strong statement from the government that it will not tolerate elements who disturb law and order.

Updated: Sep 19, 2010, 16:57 PM IST

New Delhi: With all eyes on the verdict on
Ayodhya title suit, the AIMPLB committee on Babri Masjid on Sunday
decided to issue an appeal to the Muslim community to exercise
restraint and sought a strong statement from the government
that it will not tolerate elements who disturb law and order.

In a meeting here, the Committee on Babri Masjid of the
All India Muslim Personal Law Board discussed all possible
scenarios that are likely to emerge following the crucial
September 24 verdict, and its strategy in its wake.

The members also discussed the possible reactions the
Allahabad High Court verdict may have and what the committee`s
response would be in both eventualities, particularly in
controlling any adverse reaction.

"We will tomorrow issue an elaborate appeal to the
community through all Muslim organisations," Convenor of the
Committee S R Ilyas told a news agency after the meeting.

"We would 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.

The committee also reiterated its stand that it would
abide by the final judicial verdict on the issue, and
emphasised that the option of appealing to the Supreme Court
would still be open after the HC verdict.

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

The committee also appealed to all the people of the
country to maintain calm and to consider it as a dispute to be
resolved by the court.

The meeting was attended among others by prominent
community leaders Syed Shahabuddin, Kamal Farooqi, while
Zafaryab Jilani participated through tele-conferencing.

The committee also decided that it would ask the
government to deliver a strong message that no law and order
disturbances will be tolerated in the aftermath of the
verdict, and that disturbing elements will be dealt with
strongly.

"Besides appealing for calm, the government should also
give a strong message that it would not tolerate problem
creators," he said.

The committee also decided to meet within a week of the
verdict to decide on its future course of action.

PTI