New Delhi: The Vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) Muhammad Salim Engineer wants the government to ensure that law and order situation remains under control, post-Ayodhya-verdict and appealed to all citizens to cooperate with the authorities and desist from falling prey to provocation and emotional appeals to violence and arson. Addressing a press conference at Jamaat headquarters the JIH Vice President said: “recently the Central Advisory Council of Jamaat passed certain resolutions on the situation in the country. The Council has expressed concern over the situation post the Ayodhya verdict, the economy and the NRC.”
On the issue of the Babri Masjid, Salim Engineer said: “we feel that the lawyers representing the Muslim side in the Babri Masjid dispute in the Supreme Court argued their case well. Based on the witnesses and evidence provided, we expect the apex courtto rule in favor of the Babri Masjid. Not only the entire country but also the eyes of the entire world are on the highly awaited judgment by the Supreme Court of India on the Babri Masjid. The world shall observe the basis and grounds on which the apex court delivers its judgment. Will it rely on witnesses, evidence, the Constitution of India, the demands of justice or mere claims? It is the responsibility of the government to ensure law and order, safety, and security of its citizens and the supremacy of law after the Supreme Court delivers the final judgment. Similarly, it is also the responsibility of the citizens to cooperate with the authorities and observe communal harmony.”
Regarding the economy, he said that: “Jamaat feels that the government is blaming the sorry state of affairs on cyclical reasons and trying to evade responsibility to steer the economy. The steps that the government has taken to revive the economy have not proved fruitful as the government took those initiatives without the correct diagnosis. About the NRC the JIH Vice President said: “Jamaat is concerned over the exclusion of nearly 19 lakh people from the final list of the NRC in Assam. We also express concern over the Home Minister’s statement that the government will implement NRC all over the country.”
Salim Engineer also commented on the recent spike in air pollution in Delhi. He blamed rampant instances of stubble burning in the neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh along with bursting of conventional polluting firecrackers during Diwali for driving AQI (Air Quality Index) measurements to extremely hazardous levels, making the air unfit to breathe for the entire population.