Muslim unity crucial to growth: Indian legislator.
RIYADH: Muslims worldwide need to put aside their differences and unite as this is crucial to overall development, visiting Indian legislator Abu Asim Azmi has said. Azmi, who is a Samajwadi Party legislator from Mumbai in the Maharashtra Assembly, was addressing the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) here at a function organized by the Bihar International Society for Welfare and Solidarity (BISWAS) here on Saturday night. "The rich Islamic history and our prayers five time a day call upon us to establish unity in order to develop brotherhood, which is the key to our success in the life here and hereafter," he said. "Division in our ranks has only served the purpose of our opponents, be it in Indian politics or other parts of the world," he added. Azmi, who is also president of the Samajwadi Party (SP) for the western Indian state of Maharashtra, urged the NRIs to unite around key political, social and economic developments in the country and shun negative voting. "Do not be afraid of any political party for their negative propaganda and ideology, rather vote and support a party that promises and fulfills your aspirations by addressing the grievances," he said. Azmi, who himself was put into the CID lock up without evidence after the Mumbai blasts, said there are hundreds of innocent Indian Muslim languishing in jail. "It happened after the blasts, and even today many youths are wrongly framed, tortured and forced into prison to admit a crime they never committed. This is gross injustice, but sadly there is no one to fight for them," he said. "Such atrocities will stop only when the Muslim community unites to oppose the injustice and fights for their rights," said the businessman-turned-politician, who was a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper House of Indian Parliament, from 2002 to 2008. The program was moderated by BISWAS general secretary Akhtarul Islam Nadvi, while Athar Aazmi made a presentation on the life and struggle of the legislator and Aamir Aazmi presented bouquets to the guests. The session was presided over by Mohammad Qaiser, president of Tanzeem Hum Hindustani, BISWAS president Mukhtar Khan gave the welcome address and joint secretary Tarique Noorul Hasan proposed a vote of thanks.
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