#Day40: I Didn’t Speak Against Madrassas In APM, says PDP’s Baig

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Responding to the statement of Maulana Rehmatullah of Dar-Ul-Uloom Raheemiya Bandipora, MP Muzzafar Hussain Baig Wednesday clarified that he had been “misquoted” about Madrassas.

Speaking to KNS from New Delhi he said, “as a Muslim and as a human being it is impossible for me to oppose these institutions of learning.”

Baig’s comments which he made in All Party Meeting (APM) chaired by PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi on August 12, 2016 were objected.

He claimed to have referred to Madrassas only in the context of the aftermath of American, Russian war in Afghanistan.

Saying that it was a war between super powers but Muslims of Pakistan and Afghanistan were “used as cannon fodder” in that war, Baig said, “hundreds of thousands of people were killed and their children were brought up in poor and miserable conditions in Madrassas because there was no one to look after them. They were motivated to fight in the name of Jihad which was actually a fight between superpowers.”

He claimed that in his view if the Kashmir problem is not resolved the youth of Kashmir may “suffer similar fate in future”.

In response to Moulana’s remarks that he should have talked about the sufferings of Kashmiris from 1947 till now, Baig said, “unfortunately Moulana is not aware of my fifty minute speech in Lok Sabha in which I gave details of the betrayal of Kashmiris right from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Sheikh Mohd Abdullah till the present day.”

He also narrated the tragedy of 1987 when Congress leaders from Delhi and NC leaders from Kashmir rigged the elections against Muslim Muthida Mahaz.

In parliament, Baig said he narrated the atrocities committed against Yousuf Shah alias Sallahuddin who now heads Hizbul-Mujahideen in Pakistan and also injustice done to Yasin Malik and his family.

Baig claimed that he has the record of the speech and in case Moulana is interested to hear it he will provide him a copy.

Baig said because of his speech in Lok Sabha the leaders of Congress and NC are upset with him and “the great propaganda of this information and falsehood has been initiated against him”.

He claimed that even Omar Abdullah was “misled by some people as a result of which he abused him (Beig) left and right”.

Beig claimed that he did not offer any explanation either to leaders of NC or Congress because they are political opponents.

However, he thought it his moral duty to explain the situation to Moulana Rehmatullah who is not in politics and “unfortunately he too has been misled by the false propaganda”.

“I have not become a member of parliament to get the salary of fifty thousand rupees a month. I am here to speak truth for Kashmiris and the day I cannot do my duty I will quit politics,” he said.

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