Mumbai, 11th October, 2007
Bomb Blast in the Astana-e-Noor, Ajmer Sharif, killing 2 and injuring 17 is cowardice and inhuman act. Jamaat-e-Islami condemns it strongly and offers condolences to the family of the victims and demands the compensations for them. It also stress for the transparent and comprehensive investigations , in to the incident. Jamaat, also appeals the people to maintain peace and co-operate the Administration to maintain Law and Order situation under control.
Jamaat-e-Islami, also urges the politicians and especially the media not to have any preconceived conclusion about the culprits as has been customary for the last several incidents .
Jamat also demands the government to draft a policy about the regular bomb blasts especially after the
1. I completely agree with transparent and comprehensive investigations. Instead of the Jamaat it is the job of the government and the police to ask people to maintain peace. Incidentally, without being told so, they did. In fact minutes after the blast the devotees were praying there and the police did not bother to cordon off the area, knowing that this was the time for the breaking of the Ramzan fast and there will be people wanting to pray...
2. Agreed that the police and the media must not have preconceived notions, but organisations like the Jamaat are not the ones who they will listen to. The more important point is even if they do have preconceived notions they should shut up and follow proper methods of investigation.
3. What the heck does "draft a policy about the regular bomb blasts" mean? Are we then assuming that yeh to hona hi hai, so let's have a standard form to fill and tick-mark what is applicable and what is not? Nonsense. Each bomb blast has a different motive and a different group could be behind it. While all inhuman acts are despicable, let us not put all the culprits under one category. Who is sponsoring them? Are they working on their own or being prompted by foreign agencies? By foreign, I also include western agencies. It is time we looked beyond the ISI.
4. It is indeed important to find out why the Home Minister spoke about the possibility of attacks on religious places before these blasts. If the public is to be kept in the dark, then make sure members of the public do not die. We need to know the source of such information/suspicion. And instead of merely sounding a 'red alert' the government should have done something.
5. What is the purpose behind telling the people to be careful? And why only during the festival season? Do people know when something will hit them? People seem to have better sense and do not get into overdrive most times. They want to just go about doing what they do...in this case offer prayers.
While I am at it, I might like to add that soon after the blast, the khaadims (caretakers) of the Ajmer dargah ought to have specifically urged the police to block the area. These khaadims are indeed becoming too media-savvy; they even pose for pictures with Shakti Kapoor.
And for those who are back to their Hindu-Muslim thing, how the hell does it matter whether it was a Sufi shrine and not Muslim enough? And why conjecture whether there were Hindus in the dargah or not?
Will that change the fact that there was a blast?