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Terrorist writes on terror

An alleged terrorist, serving life imprisonment and currently lodged at Dasna prison here for trial in the 1996 Modinagar blast case where over a dozen people died, has penned down a book, “Indo Pak Relations: A Prisoner’s Point of View”. He now seeks permission from state prison officials at Lucknow for publication of the book.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2011 01:31 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

An alleged terrorist, serving life imprisonment and currently lodged at Dasna prison here for trial in the 1996 Modinagar blast case where over a dozen people died, has penned down a book, “Indo Pak Relations: A Prisoner’s Point of View”. He now seeks permission from state prison officials at Lucknow for publication of the book.

Abdul Mateen, a 34-year-old hailing from Chanda Ki Sindh area of Pakistan, started writing the book since he was lodged at Bikaner central prison and completed it at Dasna jail.

Written in English, his work focuses on the origin of religion, political set-up, systems and problem related to India and Pakistan. Mateen has filled about seven registers — around 600 pages — for his manuscript.

The primary part of his writing mentions elaborated quotes from the three sacred books of Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. He terms this chapter as “a triangled study of Hinduism, Bible and the Quran, proves how they confirm each other”.

Mateen states that religion-based problem is the core of all problems. “Whether we like it or not, the illness and its cure, are both religion…,” he writes.

His writings focuses on how politicians become ‘civilian dictators’. In the book, he cites cases of corruption, political system and even criticising and naming several politicians of both countries.

“He has emphasised on people-to-people contact and development of more cultural and economic relations to bring two nations together,” Dasna prison superintendent Viresh Raj Sharma told Hindustan Times.

One part of Mateen’s writing mentions about Jammu and Kashmir. “Although J&K is a disputed territory, yet slavery in its parties is simply undisputed. Even Pakistan cannot dispute on it … India needs to be assured,” Mateen writes.

He has also devoted a chapter, ‘Rulers Becoming Misrulers in Pakistan’, where he narrates: “Pakistan’s misrulers blindly followed the West, without adopting their standard of discipline…it is like purchasing a bus that runs on diesel but you stock petrol for it…of no use.”

Mateen spent around 10-12 hours of study at Dasna

prison with books related to history, cultural-development and literature.