Jamaat Islami asks India, China to resolve border dispute through dialogue

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By Muslim Mirror News,

Amir Jamaat addressing
L-R: Ejaz Ahmed Aslam, Syed Jalaluddin Umri, Mohammad Ahemd, Rafique Qasmi

New Delhi, May 4: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind today urged India and China to resolve their border dispute through dialogue as the cordial relations between the two nations of world’s one-third human population are necessary for world peace.

Jamaat expressed deep concern at the recent Chinese military movement in the Indian territory but condemned Indian political parties for accentuating the issue and talking in military terms.  Jamaat said maintaining good relations with China and other neighbors is in our country’s own interest.

“India and China, on the basis of population, economic and political power etc., are the most important countries in the world, and China is our neighbour as well. The combined population of the two countries is over 2.5 billion and this consists of more than one-third of the human population. It is of much importance to us that our relations with our neighbours remain cordial and peaceful. This is in our interest and also necessary for world peace,” said Ameer (National President) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri while addressing the monthly press conference at Jamaat’s headquarters here on Saturday.

“A border dispute has emerged at Daulat Beg Oldi in the North-Eastern region of Ladakh border region between India and China for quite some time. It is a matter of grave concern that Chinese army has established military posts on Indian side of the actual line of control (ALC). This is in contravention of international principles. It is natural that grave concern is being expressed in our country. But it appears that some politicians are busy accentuating the issue so much so that China is being dubbed as our biggest enemy. This is not the right line of thinking. Cordial relations with our neighbours are in our interest. The real requirement of patriotism, instead of adopting a sentimental attitude or talking of armed response, is to solve the differences with mutual dialogue. The parties should keep from making statements which can further sour the relations between the two neighbouring countries.”

While condoling the death of Sarabjeet Singh and condemning Pakistan for lapses in his security in the jail, Jamaat chief strongly criticized the central government, political parties and media for making it a high voltage issue and pushing the two neighbors to intensified conflict.

“The assault on Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh by jail inmates in Kot Lakhpat Jail of Pakistan which resulted in his death is most unfortunate and condemnable. It appears that there was dereliction of duty on the part of the jail authorities,” said the Jamaat.

Jamaat also condemned attack on a Pakistani prisoner in Indian jail yesterday. “Likewise the attack on a Pakistani prisoner in Jammu jail by some un- scrupulous inmates is equally unfortunate and condemnable. Whichever may be country in the world, it is its responsibility to behave humanely with prisoners. It is the duty of jail authorities that they protect prisoners according to law but sadly inhuman behaviour is often meted out to them.”

Jamaat Islami demanded that in all countries of the world prisoners should be dealt with humanely. It is the essential requirement of justice and human rights.

Jamaat recalled the killing of under-trial Qateel Siddiqi in Pune jail last year and criticized both government and media for not highlighting that murder. Jamaat demanded NHRC to look into the Pune jail killing.

“Similarly, jail inmates in Yerwada Jail Pune, killed or made to kill under conspiracy, an under-trial Qateel Siddiqui of Darbhanga in June 2012. The need is that the National Commission for Human Rights get this callous killing thoroughly probed, the guilty are subjected to due punishment and heirs of the deceased killed in a coldblooded manner be given adequate compensation,” said Jamaat.

“It is surprising that a large section of media in our country is continuously writing on the assault on Sarabjit but it maintained silence on the murder of Qateel Siddiqui. It is the concerted view of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind that these double-standards need to be corrected.”

Jamaat chief also expressed concern at the upcoming new laws in Saudi Arabia which are likely to affect lakhs of Indians living there to earn livelihood.

“It is every country’s right to decide how many working hands it want to import, but the country should also not overlook the human angle that any law should not make thousands and lakhs of people jobless all of a sudden,” said Ameer-e Jamaat. He also asked India to be ready to face any such eventuality.

“Our government should also be ready to tackle any such eventuality and should make arrangements to accommodate the people in the domestic markets,” he added.

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