Muslim body against proposed bill on communal violence
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 21, 2010, 22:17
Lucknow: Terming the proposed Prevention of Communal Violence Bill as harmful for Muslims, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Sunday said it would oppose the legislation till it was redrafted.

"The proposed bill is not only useless, but is also harmful for Muslims. The AIMPLB would oppose the bill till the time it is redrafted," the board's Assistant General Secretary Maulana Abdur Rahim Qureshi told reporters here on the concluding day of the Panel's three-day conference.

Alleging that the bill would give arbitrary powers to the police, Qureshi said, "Majority of the commissions set up by the government in the past have said that police acted under a bias and was prejudiced towards Muslims, therefore their accountability should also be fixed."

The AIMPLB has appealed to all Muslim organisations to oppose the bill, he added.

"A meeting of the Muslim MPs and like-minded people would be held before April 12 on this issue," board member Zafaryab Jilani, who was also present, said.

Qureshi said that the board during its three-day conference also condemned framing innocent Muslim youths in the name of terrorism.

"Atrocities are being committed against Muslim youths in the name of terrorism and they are being put behind the bars without any charges. This is not good and peace cannot be restored by adopting such methods," he said.

The AIMPLB assistant general secretary said in many cases arrested youths were acquitted by the court as charges against them were found to be false and police failed to produce evidence.

He said the board has also demanded that the Centre review its relationship with Israel.

"There should be no close cooperation with Israel, which is destroying Masjid-e-Aqsa," Qureshi alleged.

Accusing India of having a tie with Israel to procure weapons, he said the country should revert back to the policy adopted by Jawaharlal Nehru.

"Gandhiji opposed Israel and demanded that Palestine should get freedom. This policy was adopted by Nehru and the present government should adop the same policy," Qureshi said.

"India should first watch its own interest and not that of US or Israel," he said, adding that even the Arab countries were not taking strong position against Israel.

He said that the board has also appealed to Muslims to follow Shariya law and not to indulge in demanding dowry or making extravagant expenditure during marriages.

"There is no sanctity of dowry in Shariat Law, there is only provision of Meher. Muslims should perform their marriages as per Sunnat," he said.

The AIMPLB office-bearer said that the board has also appealed to Muslims to get educated.


First Published: Sunday, March 21, 2010, 22:17

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