Explosions a cowardly act, say Muslims

VARIOUS MUSLIM organisations and individuals have termed the blasts in a temple in Varanasi and in Jama Masjid in Delhi as acts of cowardice. At an emergency meeting of Muslim Majlis, Allahabad unit, held under the presidentship of Manzarul Islam, district president of the organisation Afsar Mahmood said the recent blasts at religious places like Jama Masjid were a ploy to create dissension among the two important communities of the country.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 00:41 IST

VARIOUS MUSLIM organisations and individuals have termed the blasts in a temple in Varanasi and in Jama Masjid in Delhi as acts of cowardice. At an emergency meeting of Muslim Majlis, Allahabad unit, held under the presidentship of Manzarul Islam, district president of the organisation Afsar Mahmood said the recent blasts at religious places like Jama Masjid were a ploy to create dissension among the two important communities of the country.

This phenomenon of blasts at religious places was a cowardly act and would not deter the public at large from the path of amity and brotherhood.

He said Muslim Majlis feared CIA hand behind the blasts at important religious places in retaliation to strong opposition to visit of George Bush recently
The Muslim Majlis appealed to all sections of the society to remain calm and united at this juncture and not to react in any manner to disturb peace and harmony in society.

The All India Minorities Human Rights Council also condemned the recent bomb blasts in the Varanasi temple and in Delhi’s Jama Masjid. It termed the blasts as the act of enemies of the nation who aimed at destabilising the unity and integrity of the country.

In a press release, vice-president of the council Shaikh Shahid Husain said the communal riots in Aligarh were also the pre-planned handiwork of vested interests to gain political mileage. The rath yatras were also creating hatred among the two major communities. The government should take a lesson from the previous rath yatra and ban it in the interest of nation, he said.

Doubting the hand of the CIA behind the blasts in order to destabilise the country, he said that the Bush Administration did not want to see any nation strong and united. The people of the country, specially Hindus and Muslims, should restrain from any nefarious activity and be united otherwise the enemies of the country would succeed in their nefarious designs, he added.

Member of UPCC Syed Rahman Ali, vice-president of City Congress Committee Nawab Akhtar Khan and district president, Muslim Majlis Afsar Mahmood, in a joint statement have condemned the bomb blast at the historic Jama Masjid in Delhi.

They said that certain forces were bent upon creating chaos, communalism and hatred between the two communities. The bomb blast in Varanasi temple and now at Jama Masjid was clear indication that the mischief-mongers had no religion and had no faith in peace. Their ulterior motive was to spread communalism. They appealed to the public to maintain calm.

First Published: Apr 17, 2006 00:41 IST