Unite Against Perpetrators Of Terror: Chief Minister

15 November 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Jammu: Condemning the people trying to demonise Islam by perpetrating acts of terror on innocent persons, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today urged Muslims all over the world to unite in isolating and exposing the nefarious designs of such divisive forces. He lauded the immense contribution of visionary leaders like Maulana Abul Kalam Azad who was a strong advocate of united India and one who opposed two-nation theory that led to the country's Partition in 1947. 'It is due to the untiring efforts of stalwarts like Azad that Indian Muslims today are setting a perfect example for their counterparts around the world in following the teachings of Islam in its truest sense,' he said, while referring to the series of attacks that shook the French capital. The Chief Minister made these observations while addressing a huge gathering of people during the maiden convocation of Aamir Kaleemi Arabic College near Chennai, which began with the recitation of the Koran. Referring to the rising turmoil in various Muslim countries, Mufti said even Imam-e-Kaaba had condemned such acts of extremism committed by certain vested elements to malign the message of peace preached by the great religion of Islam. 'These are troubled times for Muslims and we need to join our hands together to isolate and expose these fringe groups,' he said, asserting that violence never was and would never be a solution to any problem. Citing examples of the unique art and craft of places like Moradabad and Mirzapur, the Chief Minister exuded confidence that Muslims who were blessed with enormous skills would positively contribute to the growth and development of the country. 'We need to provide leadership and guidance to highly skilled Muslims so that they can play their part in making India a global force to reckon with,' he added. He said the UEF should hold a National Economic Summit and invite the Prime Minister so that silent strides made by India's largest minority community, which stood at 14 per cent of country's population, were brought into the public domain. 'I was happy to witness signing of MoUs totalling over Rs 2,000 crore during the UEF summit, which would help Muslims to scale their economic activity,' he observed.