New Delhi: The Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD) has said that it rejects the very idea of a theocratic state anywhere in the world.
It also questioned the legitimacy of the ‘Islamic Emirate’ the Taliban seek to impose on the people of Afghanistan.
“We are deeply disturbed by the euphoria evident among a section of Indian Muslims, including religious leaders such as the office-bearers of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Umrain Mahfuz Rahmani and Maulana Sajjad Nomani, and the Jamaat-e-Islami-Hind, over the Taliban’s capture of power,” a statement issued by the IMSD said.
“It is nothing but sheer opportunism and hypocrisy to stand in support of a secular state in a country like India where Muslims are in a minority and applaud the imposition of Shariah rule wherever they are in a majority. Such rank double-standard gives legitimacy to the Sangh Parivar’s agenda for a Hindu Rashtra,” it added.
IMSD respects the views of the growing tribe of Islamic scholars, religious leaders and Muslim intellectuals across the globe who argue that the very notion of an “Islamic state” is antithetical to the core teachings of Islam, it said.
According to IMSD, the core values of Islam are not in conflict with the basic principles of a secular-democratic state and religious pluralism.
IMSD stands in solidarity with the beleaguered millions of Afghan women and men who for too long have been trapped between the corrupt-to-the-core puppet governments propped up by the occupying American and Nato forces and the regressive Taliban who during their earlier rule had trampled over the most basic rights and freedoms of the people of Afghanistan, it said.
It is one thing to welcome the ouster of the occupiers and the overthrow of their puppets, and quite another to celebrate the return to power of those, who with their barbaric version of Islam, have contributed in no small measure to the demonisation of Muslims and their faith across the globe.
Some leaders of the Taliban have been making appropriate noises about general amnesty, press freedom and women’s rights even as other leaders are asserting that it will be “Shariah law and not democracy” in Afghanistan.
However, heart-wrenching images of panic-stricken women, men and children being broadcast across the world, and news reports of house-to-house hunt for journalists and dissenters tell their own story, IMSD said.
“We call on the global community to launch a ‘24×7 Afghanistan Watch’ to mount decisive pressure on the Taliban to ensure and show to the world that, unlike their earlier brutal rule which had turned Afghanistan into a veritable hell on earth, especially for the women, this time they will respect the liberties and rights of all its women, men and children,” the statement said.
The IMSD also called upon the democratic world in general and the US in particular to open its borders to Afghans who are forced to flee from their country.
It called upon the BJP-led Union government to immediately sign the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention and its 1967 protocol and act in consonance to that convention.
India must open its doors to all Afghan refugees, irrespective of religion, it said.