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Jawwad opposes Barack Obama visit

lucknow Updated: Nov 04, 2010 15:22 IST
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Eminent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad on Wednesday opposed the much-awaited visit of US President Barack Obama to India. Accusing the US of being the perpetrator of violence against innocent civilians worldwide, Maulana Jawwad issued an appeal to other communities for lodging a strong protest against President Obama's visit to India.

"In the guise of USA's war against terrorism, thousands of innocents are being killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Next on their agenda is Iran," claimed Jawwad during a press conference at the UP Press Club in the state capital on Wednesday.

"Indian government should snap all ties with Israel and US. A statement condemning Israel's heinous crimes in Palestine should also be issued," Jawwad added.

Giving reference to Nehru's non-alignment policy, the cleric said, "Nehruji and Indiraji were serious about NAM. The present government under the patronage of Sonia Gandhi is acting under the influence of US. The old NAM policy for peaceful existence should be revived," he added.

Issuing a general appeal for lending support in the protest to be held on Friday at Bara Imambara after Friday prayers, Maulana Jawwad said, "I hereby appeal to all the citizens to oppose the US President Obama's visit as he has not kept his promises that he made at the time when he assumed the charge. They may have adopted different tactics but the intention is to set a base in different parts of the world," Jawwad added.