MIM will not allow stir
to disrupt Haj schedule

HYDERABAD — The Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (MIM), which enjoys the support of most of the substantial Muslim population in the city and suburbs, has made it clear that it would not remain mute spectators to any disruption of the Haj schedule by the ongoing ‘People’s Strike’ demanding a separate Telangana state.

By P S Jayaram

Published: Tue 27 Sep 2011, 11:48 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:59 AM

MIM President and Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi told mediapersions that the agitation by the public transport employees, which entered the eighth day on Monday, could put the pilgrims to a lot of inconvenience. “The state government should ensure that pilgrims coming from the districts are not put to any hardships,” he said. The first Haj flight is scheduled for September 30 and pilgrims for this flight are expected to report at the Haj House on September 27. Owaisi also dismissed reports that MIM was supporting the ‘People’s Strike,’ and said the party stand on Telangana remained unchanged. Stating that the agitation was causing inconvenience to the people, he said: “The longer the agitation goes on, the more would the people suffer.”

Expressing fears that the movement for separate statehood could spiral out of control and take a violent turn, Owaisi said the UPA government should break the impasse and clear the uncertainty by taking a decision quickly.

“The Centre should spell out what its views are on the issue. Dividing a state is not like cutting the cake at a birthday party,” he said. — news@khaleejtimes.ocm

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