Special Correspondent

Decry attempts to give terrorist label to Muslim community

Call to protect rights of minority communities

Question findings of security agencies

KOZHIKODE: Leaders of major Muslim organisations, in a joint statement here on Thursday, declared their support for stringent measures to put down terrorist activities.

But, they, however, sounded a note of caution against targeting such action against members of the Muslim community alone, with disregard for human rights, as it might lead to a dangerous communal polarisation within the country.

The need of the hour was for the people of the country to stand united to defuse the crisis which had been precipitated by divisive forces, the global economic slowdown and terrorists.

The Muslim community, the biggest minority group, was troubled by a number of problems; but, Muslim organisations were determined to place the integrity and security of the country above everything else, the community leaders said.

They condemned in strong terms all terrorist activities saying these would not be supported by Muslims even if they were perpetrated in revenge or to get grievances redressed.

“Our community should not offer any moral of financial support to militant activities,” they said.

The community leaders, however, pointed out that investigations carried out by security agencies into recent terrorist activities had not been impartial and their findings had not been convincing.

They voiced concern at attempts to give a terrorist label to the entire Muslim community.

They also condemned statements to that effect issued by officials in responsible positions and the media.

Malegaon probe

Since the Maharashtra police had found evidence of involvement of fascist forces in the Malegaon explosions, it was time to end investigations in which the needle of suspicion always pointed at one group; it was also time to end the practice of suspecting Muslim youth in the IT sector of involvement of terrorist action, they said.

The Muslim leaders also appealed to Union and State governments as well as all secular democratic parties to ensure that the rights of minority communities were properly safeguarded.

The statement was signed by Syed Mohammed Ali Shihab Thangal (Indian Union Muslim League); Alikutty Musaliar (Samastha Kerala Jam-Iyyathul Ulema); T. Arif Ali (Jamaat Islami); T.P. Abdullakoya Madhani (Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen); Hussain Madavoor (Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen); Thodiyoor Mohammed Kunhi Maulavi (South Kerala Jam Iyyathul Ulema); A.K. Abdul Hameed (chairman, Kerala State Haj Committee); Fazal Gafoor (MES); C.P. Kunhimohammed (Muslim Service Society); and P.M.A. Salam, MLA (Indian National League).