IUML calls for peace on Ayodhya verdict

Thiruvananthapuram: Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and other Muslim outfits in Kerala have appealed to all sections of society to maintain peace and harmony, whatever be the September 24 Allahabad High Court judgement on the Ayodhya dispute. In a statement issued in Malappuram, IUML state President Pankkad Sayyid Hyderali Shihab Thangal said it was important to exercise self-restraint and refrain from doing anything that would mar social and inter-religious amity.

Though the long-drawn dispute got complicated with the demolition of the Babri masjid in 1992, Kerala had then set an example for the entire nation by not doing anything that would mar social peace and communal amity, the League supremo said. When certain quarters sought to draw the issue on to the street, IUML had taken an avowed stand that the dispute should be left to the decision of the judiciary as that was the only practical and constitutional method, Thangal said.

Each citizen was duty bound to accept the verdict as part of the process of law and justice. If any section felt that justice was not done, they still had opportunity to approach the higher court, he said. However, the need of the hour was that everyone should take utmost care to avoid hurting the sentiments of brethern from other religions while making individual or organisational comments on the verdict, Thangal said.

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