Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) President Syed Sadatullah Husaini has expressed serious concern over the military action in Ukraine.

In a statement on February 26, the JIH President has demanded restraint, immediate ceasefire, and the start of diplomatic processes to end the conflict in the region. He said, “the world is just coming out of the debilitating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. There is a distinct possibility for these military operations by Russia to conflagrate into a full-scale war, after which it would become difficult to salvage the situation. We live in a civilized world, where differences and conflicts between nations should be solved through diplomacy, negotiation, and dialogue. Military action and occupation are not the way to solve outstanding issues between countries.”

The JIH President urged the Government of India to play a positive diplomatic role in the conflict and use India’s influence to make the combatants stop the war and solve all outstanding issues through negotiation and dialogue. Calling on the Government of India to take utmost efforts to bring back stranded Indians in Ukraine back to India, Mr. Husaini said, “We especially urge the government to bring back the 20,000 plus Indian student community in Ukraine on an urgent basis, using all possible land and air routes, free of cost. After the privatisation of Air India, the airfares have increased significantly. It may not be possible for poor students to afford their return home, and hence government intervention through both logistic and financial support is required. All-out efforts should be made to ensure their safety and provision of safe passage to India.”

The JIH President said the conflict had once again unmasked the hypocrisy of big powers. “The same countries who had devastated Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other countries are now crying foul over Russian actions. These double standards of powerful countries are the main reasons for violence worldwide. It is high time the UN and other world fora are reorganised on the democratic and humanitarian principles, and the world moved towards a unified principled position irrespective of the ‘camps’ of aggressors and aggressed,” he added.

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