Monday, November 17, 2008

Muslim group seeks action against army officers with terror links സമസ്ത

KOZHIKODE, Kerala: The Kerala-based All-India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulema has called for tough measures to stop extremist elements infiltrating into India’s security forces. “Anti-national and fanatic elements have intruded into the army and it has made serious dent in the security of the country,” AISJU general secretary Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliyar said while inaugurating a huge anti-terror rally here on Wednesday evening. “It’s really shocking that the terror links have even reached the security forces.” He said it was unfortunate that the anti-national forces operating from the overseas soil draw support from within the country and called upon the people to be vigilant against such forces, but the government should also do its part impartially. “Those who have learnt the tenets of Islam could never ever indulge in activities that encourage killing of innocent people, including women and children. Terrorism has no religion and it’s anti-Islam,” he said. People would support efforts by the government against the terrorism. “We reject the claim of the extremists that they were indulging in such activities to protect the interests of Muslims and Islam. Nobody has entrusted them with this,” Musliyar said. He also condemned efforts by a section portray Muslims as extremists.

Expressing concern over reports that youths from Kerala are involving themselves in extremist activities, he said it was unfortunate that such activities were being deliberately linked to religious institutions. “All four Malayali youths killed in Kashmir had a criminal background and they were not religious persons. The Muslim community takes it seriously,” Musliyar said. “Every effort will be made to maintain unity among all sections.” The police have arrested several youths here as part of investigation into the death of the four youths in Kashmir allegedly in a “shootout” with security forces. However, the police are yet to identify the “terror” outfit they were linked to, who their recruiters were or how they reached Kupwara district in Kashmir where they were killed and buried after their relatives refused to claim their bodies. “Whoever indulges in acts of terrorism must be isolated and the people should be allowed to live in peace,” Musliyar said, adding that his organisation planned to hold mass conventions across the state to spread the message of secularism. “It’s our duty to stop people belonging to any community from engaging in such activities”.

Gulf Times, Qatar 14/11/2008

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