Anti terrorism conclave condemns stereotyping Muslims as terrorists

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New Delhi, June 1 : Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the chief cleric of the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, said that the real criminals behind the incidents of terrorism and violence should be held instead of blaming Islamic outfits.

Speaking at the 'Global Conference on Terrorism' in New Delhi on Sunday, Bukhari said that playing blame game is futile and will not solve the menace of terrorism.

"Wherever these blast are taking place, be it Hyderabad, be it Jaipur, Mumbai or any other place, I say, you wont be able to stop all this violence unless and until you catch hold of the real criminals. The Madarsas or Muslims are blamed as soon as these things happen, you point a finger at Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami (HUJI) or Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) or the Hizbul Mujahideen. I don't understand how one comes to a conclusion that these outfits are behind these blasts minutes after the incident," said Bhukhari.

Immediately after nine serial blasts that rocked Jaipur, investigating agencies had said the attack bore hallmarks of the Bangladeshi Islamic militant group HuJI, suspected to be behind several previous blasts in India.

Earlier in the day, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama who was visiting Jama Masjid for the first time to inaugurate the conclave denounced moves to brand the Muslim community as 'terrorists' in the wake of the recent spurt in terror activities in India.

Voicing similar opinions, Haneef, an Indian doctor accused of terrorist activities said that the very ideology of stereotyping Muslims as terrorists or 'sympathizers of terrorism', should not be encouraged.

"Its really an unusual circumstance, unusually extraordinary ordeal which I had to face in Australia but stereotyping Muslims as terrorists or sympathizers of terrorism, this ideology should be worn out from this world as such. And people should not be in this ideology of stereotyping persons with the religion," said Haneef.

Haneef was detained by police for 12 days in July last year and charged with providing support to a terrorist organisation by giving his mobile phone card to a cousin accused of involvement in failed car bomb attacks in the United Kingdom.

The charges were withdrawn, but Haneef was forced to return home to India when the former conservative government refused to give back his work visa.

A host of delegates from across the globe attended the conference and deliberated upon ways and means to counter terrorism.

India has suffered a wave of bombings in recent years, with targets ranging from mosques and Hindu temples to trains. But few groups have come forward to claim responsibility for the attacks.

ANI

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