PFI Hails AIMPLB Decision to Challenge SC Verdict in Babri Case

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NEW DELHI – Muslim group Popular Front of India (PFI) on Sunday hailed the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) decision to file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict in the Babri Masjid case and to decline the five-acre alternative land offer in the judgment.

The group termed it a “welcome step”. The PFI said the court directing the government to build a temple on the site of the demolished Babri Masjid was a “clear travesty of justice, discrimination against Muslims and a blow to the Constitutional principles.”

M. Muhammed Ali Jinnah, general secretary of the PFI, said the national executive council meeting of the organisation has supported a review petition. “The Muslim community and the secular people received the verdict with ‘sullen resignation’. The meeting observed that “no citizen of conscience can accept such an order from an apex court. By deciding to go against the verdict through a review petition and by the rejecting the offer of land, the AIMPLB not only reflects the sentiments of Indian Muslims and the Indian society at large, but also performs a historic duty to the nation.”

The meeting congratulated the AIMPLB president, general secretary and working committee members for taking a decision that “upholds the spirit of justice.” The AIMPLB is the representative platform of Indian Muslims and its decisions have more value than the opinions of any individual or group. The list of participants in the present meeting like Maulana Rabi Nadvi, Maulana Wali Rahmani, Adv. Zafryab Jeelani, Maulana Mahmood Madani, Maulana Arshad Madani, Asaduddin Owaisi is illustrative of this fact. The national secretary of the Popular Front Abdul Wahid Sait also attended the AIMPLB meeting.

The meeting discussed the details of the Supreme Court judgement and said, “The reputation and credibility of the Indian judiciary are seriously damaged by this verdict. No institution is infallible and the onus of restoring the lost credibility of Supreme Court rests with itself. Popular Front reiterated its view that the Supreme Court has delivered a political verdict and that amounts to a blatant denial of justice” it said.

The meeting called upon the people to continue speaking against injustice and keep the memories of the demolished Babri Masjid alive through democratic and peaceful programmes, and renewed its pledge to stand in the forefront of struggles for meting out justice to Babri Masjid.

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