Paris attackers can’t speak for Muslims: Indian group

 New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) An Indian Muslim women’s group on Saturday denounced terrorists for killing innocents in Paris in the name of Islam, saying “they are criminals and should be treated as criminals”.

“We decry the terrorists who at the Bataclan concert venue were heard crying out ‘Allahu Akbar’ as they went about killing people,” the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan said in a statement.

“We condemn them outright for carrying out such inhuman and criminal acts in the name of Allah.

“We want to state clearly and emphatically that these terrorists have no business to speak in the name of Allah or on behalf of fellow Muslims.

“They are criminals and should be treated as criminals in any society,” said the statement signed by co-founders Noorjehan Safia Niaz and Zakia Soman.

The terrorists, the statement said, “have only brought about misery, suffering and shame to fellow Muslims and to humankind.

“We urge all Indian Muslims as well as Muslims the world over to stand up in solidarity with the French victims and against those resorting to such dastardly acts in the name of our religion.”

Eight terrorists — all of whom were later killed — unleashed mayhem in Paris on Friday night, killing over 150 people and injuring over 200, some 80 of them critically, in multiple terror attacks.

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