INDIA: Urdu press condemns blasts
The 'Urdu Times' writes that terrorists are trying to divide communities in India by stirring anti-Muslim sentiments
The Times of India
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
By Mohammed Wajihuddin
MUMBAI --- Saturday's serial blasts in Ahmedabad, the scene of one of the worst anti-Muslim riots in the country, have been sharply condemned by the Urdu press, which is of the opinion that forces who want to polarise Indian society along communal lines are behind them.
Urdu Times, in an editorial on Monday titled 'Firqawarana fasadat ki jagah bam dhamakon ne leli (Bomb blasts are replacing communal riots)," said the terrorists wanted to divide the country along communal lines. "With these attacks, Hindus are being made to harbour anti-Muslim feelings," commented the newspaper.
Writing in the same paper, columnist Farooque Ansari said India is more threatened by the enemies within than enemies without. "We are threatened neither by aggressions of China nor by attacks from Pakistan. The country is being bloodied by the enemies within. We have to fight such elements together."
Nearly every Urdu newspaper has highlighted the fatwa of Shahi Imam of Punjab, Maulana Habibur Rehman Ludhianvi, who has called the blasts "inhuman" and demanded severe punishment for the culprits. Urdu newspapers have also asked the investigating agencies to enlarge their scope of investigations.
Date Posted: 7/29/2008