New Delhi :All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi lashed at the Centre accusing it of violating the fundamental rights of the Muslims by imposing the Triple Talaq Ordinance. Owaisi asserted that even the Supreme Court in its verdict never said that Triple Talaq is unconstitutional but the ordinance attributes triple talaq as unconstitutional.
The AIMIM chief opposed citing that the ordinance is against the Shariat, Islamic law, and also against the Muslim women as it will do injustice to them.
In his speech in Hyderabad, Owaisi pointed out that as per the law the victimised woman will have to go to the court and provide evidence that she was given triple talaq by her husband. The ordinance will lead to the misuse of the law, he added. He questioned why the Modi government punished the Muslims for three years but the non-Muslims for only a year.
Owaisi said, “Constitution provides for Right to Equality. If this Ordinance will be used against a Muslim man, he’ll be given 3-yr jail term. If there is a non-Muslim man for whom there is a different law, he will be given 1-year jail term. Why this discrimination? We are opposing this because this is against our Shariat. We also opposed this because this violates the fundamental rights as laid down in the Constitution. This ordinance is against the Muslim women. This will do injustice to them.
“It has been a year and Supreme Court has given its verdict on triple talaq. Is the PM not reading the judgement? Can’t Law Minister read it? Nowhere in its judgement did Supreme Court say that triple talaq is unconstitutional. But you said that in your ordinance,” he added.
The Hyderabad MP reiterated that Islam doesn’t believe in marriage that lasts forever and there is a contract in the Islamic law.
“We request Modi ji that the government withdraws this law. How can a triple divorce be legal when Section 377 and Section 497 were dismissed. We have the choice to live our life as per the rules of our religion. There is a conspiracy to defame Muslims all over the world. This law will make our women come to the streets. Look at the justice of God, they gave Triple Talaq and got Rafal deal row,” said Owaisi.
Owaisi demanded that Muslims should be allowed to practice their religion as the Constitution has given them this right. Referring to Supreme Court judgements on Articles 377 and 497, the MP said Muslims also want to live with freedom to practice their religion. “When homosexuals have been given choice and married men and women also are given freedom to indulge in adultery without the fear of being punished by law, why are Muslims being denied freedom to practice their religion,” he asked.
He described the ordinance would lead to high rate of desertion of women by their husbands. He also voiced the apprehension that many Muslim youths would be jailed.
The AIMIM chief reiterated that the ordinance is an attempt by the Modi government to divert people`s attention from Rafale scam, rising prices of petrol and diesel and failure to provide jobs.
Owaisi said if the government was really concerned about the welfare of women, it should make a legislation for 24 lakh women including 22 lakh non-Muslims who were married but abandoned by their husbands.
President Ram Nath Kovind had signed the ordinance making instant triple talaq illegal and void. The offence will attract a jail term of three years for the husband. Seeking to allay fears that the law could be misused, the government also included some safeguards in it, such as providing for bail to the accused.
In biggest drug haul, 150-kg heroin seized in Delhi
NEW DELHI: In the biggest ever narcotics haul in the national capital to date, Delhi Police Special Cell seized about 150 kilograms of Afghan-origin heroin, exposing an Afghan-Pakistan narcotics cartel in the process. Five persons, including two Afghanistan nationals, were arrested.
The international market value of the seized heroin is over Rs 600 crores, police told.
The police busted the heroin reconstitution and processing unit which was functional at the time of the arrests. Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, Corolla Altis and other luxury vehicles, used to transport the Afghan heroin in Delhi, have also been seized.
The two Afghan nationals – Shinwari Rehmat (30) and Akhtar Mohammad Shinwari (31) – are chemical expert who were handling the production. The other accomplices have been identified as Vakeel Ahmed (36), Raees Khan (43), and Dheeraj (21), who worked for the Afghans in Delhi, reported IANS news agency.
With this major drug haul, the Modus Operandi (MO) of another trans-national narcotic cartel has been exposed.
“A team of Special Cell during separate raids on Wednesday and Thursday initially arrested Dheeraj, a native of Haryana and Raees Khan, a resident of Maharani Bagh when they assembled at Ashram flyover with 60 kgs of heroin,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Manishi Chandra told IANS.
The accused disclosed the names of two Afghan nationals who were then arrested from their hideout in Zakir Nagar with another 60 kgs heroin and another accused Vakeel Ahmed with 30 kgs of heroin.
“At a site in Zakir Nagar, a huge amount of preparatory and precursor chemical agents, solutions and implements etc were also found. Also, a semi-industrial set up of relatively sophisticated design was found almost operational. The entire premises were sealed,” he added.
During interrogation, police stumbled upon a intricate method that uses jute bags to transport the drug. The crude heroin is first dissolved in a preservative solution. Jute gunny bags, meant to transport spices and condiments, are then soaked and dried in this heroin solution. After emptying the contents, the jute sack is again dipped in another chemical that helps creates the heroin residue.
“Vakeel Ahmed disclosed that with the expertise gained by years of clandestine operations, the Af-Pak drug cartels have recently adopted this novel modus operandi whereby crude heroin is dissolved in a preservative solution and ordinary jute bags, meant for carrying various kinds of spices and condiments, are soaked and dried in this heroin solution,” said Chandra.
Indian masterminds of the syndicate have been identified and efforts are on to nab them, Chandra said.
Nehru, Sardar Patel, Bapu appealed Muslims to not migrate to Pak: Azam Khan
New Delhi: In another controversial statement, Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan said on Saturday that Muslims in the country are being punished for their decision to not go migrate to Pakistan after the partition in 1947.
“Why our ancestors did not go to Pakistan? Well, they considered India as their nation. This is our fault. Maulana Azad, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and even Bapu had appealed Muslims to not migrate to Pakistan,” he said when asked about his views on growing incidents of mob lynching.
Khan, an MP from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, claimed that Muslims have not been able to live a dignified life in the country. “We have been living a very disgusting life since 1947, and we are very ashamed of it,” he said.
He also alleged that the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is fabricating land dispute cases against him because he managed to defeat BJP candidate Jaya Prada in the Lok Sabha elections.
The state government recently put Khan’s name on anti-land mafia portal after several complaints were registered against him for allegedly grabbing lands in Rampur, his home district.
Khan, a former state Cabinet minister, is known for his controversial remarks. During the Lok Sabha elections, he said Jaya Prada wears khaki underwear, a reference to her alleged affiliation with the RSS.
“I won the election against powerful people despite their several tactics. I am being punished for that mistake. The Rampur district magistrate went to counting stations wearing a saffron shirt and harassed voters. Still, I emerged victorious,” he said.
Centre, Assam move SC seeking extension of deadline for final NRC
New Delhi: The Centre and the Assam government on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking extension of the July 31 deadline for finalisation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The Centre told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that India could not be the refugee capital of the world.
The Union and state governments also sought sample verification of the citizens included in the NRC, saying lakhs of people had been wrongly included in areas bordering Bangladesh due to involvement of local officers.
The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published on the intervening night of December 31, 2017 and January 1, 2018 in accordance with the top court’s direction. Names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated then.
Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC which was first prepared in 1951.