Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Demands Quashing of FIR Against DMC Chairman Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan
NEW DELHI, MAY 3—Expressing serious concern over registration of an FIR on charges of sedition and spreading communal disharmony between communities against Delhi Minorities Commission chairman Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) president Syed Sadatullah Hussaini has demanded that the FIR be quashed as the charges against Dr. Khan are based on misinterpretation of his statements.
The FIR was filed against Dr. Khan by Delhi Police Special Cell on Friday evening on the basis of a complaint by a resident of Vasant Kunj. The complainant had said that Dr. Khan in his tweet on April 28 had thanked Kuwait for taking note of the "persecution" of Indian Muslims in the context of the northeast Delhi violence. But Dr. Khan subsequently said that his tweet was misinterpreted by media.
In a statement issued to media on Sunday evening, the JIH president said, "Dr Zafarul Islam Khan is a respectable intellectual, writer and journalist. His writings in Urdu, Arabic and English are read all over the world. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Delhi Minorities Commission, an important legal and quasi-judicial institution. Speaking on and drawing the attention of the government towards the various injustices perpetrated on the minorities is a part of his official duty. If the news of this FIR is true, then it is apparent that not only the trusted individuals but even important democratic institutions are no longer safe from the police transgression. This is a matter of great concern for the entire nation."
The JIH chief said: "One may differ with some of the aspects of the social media posts of Dr Khan which is being used to file this FIR. He also subsequently issued a note of clarification regarding it. Still the FIR is reported to have been registered evidently under the pressure of social media trolls and mischievous hate-mongering channels. Although the entire nation is watching how this very police is continuously ignoring the extremely poisonous and hateful social media posts against the minorities and their religious sentiments. This action raises a question mark on the professionalism and objectivity of the Delhi Police".
Praising the genuine efforts of Dr. Khan as Chairman of the Delhi Minorities Commission, to solve the problems of the minorities. The JIH President said: "The timely actions by Dr. Khan have increased the confidence of Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and all the other minorities of Delhi on the Minorities Commission. He has written extensively against extremism and religious violence all over the world. He has been very critical of ISIS and other radical organizations through his statements and analytical articles and has played an important role in the fight against extremism”.
“Today, if he says something against the growing extremism and communalism in the country, then it should be taken as his love for the people and the nation and as part of his ongoing fight against extremism and radicalism”, the JIH chief said.
Mr Hussaini demanded that the FIR against Dr. Khan be quashed and the police and the government must initiate action against those who are misinterpreting the statement of Dr. Khan to create division and hatred in the society even after clarification issued by Dr. Khan.