Will oppose anti-minority decisions: Muslim panel

Jaipur: Claiming Muslims were “feeling insecure and uncomfortable”, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Sunday it has decided to up a “Defend Constitutional Rights Committee” to fight “anti-minority decisions” taken by the central and certain state governments.

Addressing a press conference here after a two-day convention of the board here, the panel’s secretary Abdul Rahim Quresh said: “Muslims are feeling insecure and uncomfortable as there have been growing incidence of hate speeches by VHP and RSS leaders in the recent past.”

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All the members attending the convention were of the opinion that in the last few months, efforts are being made to vitiate communal environment with issues like ‘ghar wapsi’ and venomous statements against Muslims which “is making both the communities feel insecure”.

He attacked the Rajasthan government’s decision to introduce compulsory ‘surya namaskar in schools.

“Through the Defend Constitutional Rights Committee. we shall run a campaign all over the country to build confidence among Muslims,” he said, adding it will be set up soon.

There was some drama at the event when Zafar Sareshwala, a confidante of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, turned up to participate but had to leave as various participants objected saying he was not a member and shouted slogans against him, said sources.