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Scrap communal riot bill: AIMPLB

india Updated: Mar 21, 2010 19:59 IST
M Hasan
M Hasan
Hindustan Times
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The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) today demanded scrapping of the controversial Prevention of Communal Violence Bill and reversing of the process of strong Indo-Israel relations.

Releasing the Lucknow Declaration after three-day deliberations here on Sunday, the board assistant secretary general Abdur Raheem Quaraishi said that the Congress-led UPA government should either scrap the communal violence bill or make amendments to protect the interest of Muslim community. He said board had made suggestions in this connection.

"The bill in its present form is extremely harmful to the community", Quaraishi, said and added that the board had called upon the organizations to launch movement for its withdrawal.

He said a delegation of board would soon be meeting the central government to apprise if its stand on the issue. The board has also invited all secular parties to join hands to oppose the bill. Quaraishi said strengthening the police in dealing with the communal violence was dangerous and would further complicate the situation.

On increasing Indo-Israel relation the board expressed concern. Quaraishi said that Israel had targeted the holy mosque -Al Aqsa- in Jerusalem. The board has thus called upon the Indian government to take up the issue to stop further damages to mosque. The board also expressed concern over Arab countries not taking the issue strongly. However the board refused to name the Arab countries.

"The US has been pulling India towards Israel, which is against Nehruvian policy", Quaraishi said and added the UPA government should go back Nehru's policy of supporting Palestinian cause".

"The board doesn't want closer Indo-Israel relationship," Quaraishi quipped.

Reiterating its stand on terrorism, the board said that innocent Muslim youths were being framed in false cases and there had been large numbers of fake encounters in the country. Quaraishi said the police had also failed to prove charges in cases against these youths.

On Liberhan Commission report the board has asked for inclusion of names identified in the report in CBI FIRs. Senior members Zafaryab Jilani, who presented a report on Babri Masjid cases said "conspiracy charge" should also be included in the FIR and the High Court should ask for day-to-day hearing in CBI cases pending Rae Bareli and Lucknow.