Caravn-Symposium at Mumbai

November 15, 2008

General Secretary Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Mr. Nusrat Ali said that a particular mindset was responsible for the current turmoil in the country. He was presiding over a seminar at Islam Gymkhana Mumbai, on the eve of the arrival of Caravn for Peace and Justice. Criticising the lack of confidence in the secular parties to face the fascist forces, Mr. Nusrat Ali said the forces of fascism should have been nipped in the bud.
Columnist Preetima Joshi said, “Only Muslims can make country progress. And the I am sure, the language “Muslim Terrorist” and “Islamic Terrorism” is the gift of America that our government and media had embraced.”

Nazar Mohammed Madu President Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Maharashtra said, “we want to assure people that torch berarers of peace are still aliove. The purpose of this Caravn is to create an atmosphere of peace and justice in the current scenario of blasts and riots. “

Peace activist Ram Puniyani said that had the investigative agencies followed lead in the Nanded blasts of 2006, several blasts across the country could have been prevented. “I am not surprised by the arrest of a serving armyman in the terrorist acts because I know that members of the Sangh Parivar have infiltrated into the police and the armed forces,” Puniyani alleged.

Delhi-based documentary film-maker Shubhradeep Chakraborty, who has made a documentary on `fake encounters’ of Sohrabuddin and Ishrat Jahan by the Gujarat police, said the rising intolerance in the country, if left unchecked, would damage our democratic system.

Qasim Rasool Ilyas, wanted the government to prove the involvement of certain Muslim organisations in the recent blasts across the country. “Several outfits with Muslim names have been blamed for the blasts. Prove that they are guilty or let the innocent off,” Illyas demanded. He said a central minister opined that Parliament, Akshardham and Ansal Plaza encounters were fake.

London based columnist, Elen Hart said that Mosad had penetrated in Indian agencies and we must work to reduce its devastating influence.

Later, at a rally, from Azad Maidan to Kurla, members of Student Islamic Organisation (SIO), Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing, denounced terrorism. “Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Isaee/Sabki hai atank se ladaee (Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians/All are against terrorism”, was one of the slogans the boys raised at the rally.

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