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Leave Jihad for America to tackle. Try to curb local terror: AIMM to PC

Monday, January 04, 2010 11:16:35 PM, News Desk

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Chidambaram, Jihad and Congress politics

Malegaon: In a strongly worded letter to Home Minister P Chidambaram, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMM) today said that he should leave the so-called “Jihad” for America to tackle as it is the creator and beneficiary of this monster.


"It is my sincere advice to you as a learned, sincere and secular leader, to look beyond the popular clichés and the vague claims of your officials and try to curb the real terror within the boundaries of our country", AIMM president Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan wrote in his letter to the Home Minister today while adding, "Kindly leave the so-called “Jihad” for America to tackle as it is its the creator and beneficiary of this monster to this day in its quest to control energy resources of the Middle East."


Home Minster P. Chidambaram during Intelligence Bureau centenary endowment lecture on December 23 had reportedly said, "Just as the Cold War came to an end, we witnessed the emergence of another kind of war, namely, jihad. Jihad is a war or struggle against unbelievers and, currently, it is waged by a number of groups owing allegiance to Islam. Unlike the original Crusades, jihad is not fought like a conventional war. Jihad employs terror as an instrument to achieve its objectives. Such terror is directed against all and sundry, its victims are usually innocent people, and its goal is to overawe and overthrow the established authority. The tactics of the jihadis have been copied by militants belonging to other groups too, not excluding militants professing the Hindu faith."


Reacting on this statement, Dr. Khan further wrote, "What goes as “Jihad” these days is a product of American designs to takeover foreign lands and resources."


"It all started with their training, arming and financing fighters in Afghanistan against the Soviet occupation and it was hailed as “Jihad” by the US-controlled media. Later their own creation turned against them for a plethora of reasons which cannot be explained in such a letter", he added.


Stating that this “Jihad” has nothing to do with Indian Muslims who have refrained from taking to violence despite gravest of provocations in recent years, Dr. Khan wrote, "No Indian Muslim has taken part in such activities whether in the Indian part of Kashmir or in Afghanistan or Iraq or elsewhere."


"At the same time there is ample evidence of Hindutva terror even since before Independence. During recent years its votaries like Sanatan Sanstha, Bajrang Dal and Abhinav Bharat have committed umpteen terrorist acts while carefully trying to pass them on as acts of “Islamic terrorism” but overwhelming evidence is now available in the public domain to nail them beyond any shred of doubt", Dr. Khan wrote in the letter.


"Despite all this your ministry and your subordinate departments like IB seem to be in no hurry to curb them and ban such poisonous and dreadful organisations. Various departments of your ministry are still beating about the bush, making tall claims about “Islamic terrorism” while there is none as far as Indian Muslims are concerned", Dr. Khan concluded.











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