Special Correspondent

Move described as “historic” step

Party reiterates stance in favour of “tough law”

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh was on Sunday all praise for the recent ‘fatwa’ issued by Darul Uloom Deoband describing any attempt at breach of peace and killing of innocent persons as “most inhuman crimes.”

The Deoband ‘fatwa’ was read out and approved by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind leaders at an anti-terrorism and Global Peace Conference here on Saturday.

Party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters that the BJP executive fully supported this move by Islamic organisations. Party members at the conclave here thumped their desks in appreciation when Mr. Singh praised the Islamic conference for the resolution it had adopted. The move was described as a “historic” step in India’s fight against terrorism.

‘Bigger messiahs’

The party charged the government with trying to be “bigger messiahs” of Muslims than madrasas and of showing insensitivity towards victims of terrorism and police personnel killed in action against terrorists.

The party reiterated its stance that it was in favour of a “tough law” such as the repealed Prevention of Terrorism Act and would not hesitate to enact it again when it came to power.