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slams US double standards on terrorism
NEW DELHI Oct 19 (NNI):
The Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari,
hit out angrily at the United States on Friday for insisting on a military
solution in Afghanistan while harping on negotiations to settle the
Kashmir dispute with Pakistan.
Bukhari also pleaded with the Organisation of Islamic Conference to chalk
out a "solid strategy" for liberating Palestine and Jerusalem's al-Aqsa
mosque and to protect Muslims from American "aggression", reports Indo
Asian News Service, (IANS).
The imam, who has emerged as the most vocal Indian Muslim critic of
America's war in Afghanistan aimed at ousting the Taleban regime and
catching Osama bin Laden, said Washington was pursuing a dual policy.
He pointed to comments by Secretary of State Colin Powell in the
subcontinent this week when he called on India and Pakistan to go for a
negotiated settlement of their 50-year row over Kashmir.
But in the case of Afghanistan, US leaders have ruled out any dialogue
with the Taleban and insisted on continuing their military onslaught. "I
ask Powell why the war was thrust on the Taleban when they were ready for
negotiations," said Bukhari. "Why are we [Indians] being asked to go for
negotiations on Kashmir? America will have to give its answer to the
Muslim world one day."
He also criticised the Indian government for going out of its way to offer
military logistic support to the US once the latter had announced its
decision to take on the Taleban. "It is a matter of great concern that in
India such elements are in power that do not bother for the independence,
sovereignty and integrity of the country," he said. "The Indian leadership
became restless when the US got Pakistan's cooperation for attacking
Afghanistan. It offered unconditionally its bases to America. But America
turned down all the offers."
Bukhari, whose family has traditionally managed the mammoth shrine,
India's largest mosque, accused the US and Britain of hypocrisy, saying
their concern for the Palestinians was not genuine and only aimed at
covering up the "crime" of attacking Afghanistan.
He said both countries had made similar pro-Palestinian noises during the
Gulf war too. "Almost a decade has passed since the Gulf war. America,
during this period, never talked about the liberation of Palestine and did
not utter even a single word to condemn the aggression of Israel. Now [US
President] George W Bush and [British Prime Minister] Tony Blair are
"They are not serious in solving the Palestine issue because they know if
that happens there will be none in the Middle East to buy their weapons.
In my opinion, if terrorism is wiped out from the world, the economic
condition of the US, Britain, France and other arms-manufacturing
countries will be worse."
Bukhari alleged that more than 1,000 civilians had died in Afghanistan in
the US-led military attacks, and reiterated that the US had no evidence to
show that Laden had masterminded the terrorist attacks on New York and
"The Muslims of the world still want to know the crime of Osama bin Laden.
What wrong has he committed? If there is any proof against him, why is it
not presented to the world? "I say this is a challenge to the Muslim
world. However, I am happy to see that Muslims have proved their awareness
by holding huge demonstrations against the war. "I believe that by the
grace of Allah, the truth will ultimately prevail." –NNI
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