In an attempt to provoke, Advocate Mehmood Paracha and Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad had on July 21 appealed to the minorities to apply for gun license saying that it is important to protect your own self, following the incidents of mob-lynching in the country. Last week, he asked Muslims, Dalits and other members of the minority community to apply for licence for guns even if they have to sell their precious jewellery and properties, calling it the need for self-defence. Responding to Paracha's appeal,
But the lobby split after the cleric met with Home Minister Amit Shah and was assured of law against mob-lynching. Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad, on Monday, clarified the call for guns for minorities, and said that it for the 'self-defence' of the people. He added that camps for minorities are being organised only to teach them how to fill the forms for arms license.
But Advocate Paracha continued with the agenda to combat violence with violence and called for the use of guns among the community.
The training camp for filling forms went as scheduled. Republic TV questioned him about what happened in the camps. Below was Advocate Paracha's response.
"See, people belonging to the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and the minorities need to be granted the rights enshrined in the Constitution drafted by Baba Bhimrao Saheb Ambedkar, which is also the basis of several laws. In a bid to make them aware of their legal rights, we are putting up training camps. Home minister Amit Shah is keeping Maulana Kalbe Jawad in dark. Amit Shah has claimed that they will soon bring a law on mob lynching and that it will not only be effective but also strictly implemented. He asked Maulana Kalbe Jawad to postpone his mission. Jawad was trapped in Shah's false promises. They are mounting pressure on us that they will put false accusations of us giving training to criminals. They also said that they will ask their people to file FIR against us or they will get us shot. And then they will claim that some random person shot us dead because that person was unhappy with our initiative or because that person was a Hindu or had a radical mindset. It is evident from the way we are being blackmailed that there is no seriousness in their claims. It is only a myth," he said.
When asked how many people have been recruited for the training and if they were only taught to fill forms or any other trainings were imparted he said:
"See, first of all. Thousands of people who visit the mosque to read Namaaz. We taught them before the Namaaz and today we only taught them how to fill forms. Our training is all about teaching how to fill forms. This is the most significant part of training. What else is the meaning of making one aware of their legal rights? It is how one should fill forms so that your forms have all the reasons and the government officer cannot refuse to grant you license. Second important thing which needs to be taught is that right to private defence has its own limitations. If you cross these lines, then you're committing a crime. It is very important that we teach this to our people. So we are teaching them this also," he said.