Sayed Zainul Abedin, Sajjada Nashin of the Ajmer Dargah said that sectarian violence in Assam was a threat to the internal security of the country. He said the Assam violence is the result of Bodo terrorism and asking of votes by political parties on the basis of religion.
A villager salvages utensils from a burnt house after the area was set on fire in ethnic violence at Khagrabari village, in the northeastern state of Assam. (AP Photo)
Abedin said that any attempt made by political parties or their splinter groups to grab power by instigating such violence would aggravate the problem.
He was speaking at a ritual held during the annual Urs of Khwaza Moinuddin Hassan Chisty at dargah ‘Khankah’ (the place where Garib Nawaz lived during his life time).
Cleric slams Pakistan
Coming down heavily on Pakistan for her leaders’ unwarranted statements on internal matters of India, he said, “The Pakistan government should first set its house in order before advising us.” He added that whichever party forms the government here after May 16 should review the basis of bilateral relationship between the two neighbours.
He said the statements made by Pakistani interior minister Nasir Chaudhary on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and his army chief on Jammu and Kashmir are a direct interference in India’s internal matters. “They should look at themselves before pointing a finger at us,” said Abedin.
Abedin said Pakistan has declared itself an Islamic country but has always acted against the principles of Islam and Sufism.
He criticised all political parties including those who claim to be secular for using religious heads to garner support for themselves during the elections. “Their attempt to get support from religious heads has ignited communal hatred in the country,” he said.