Prominent among those present on the occasion were G B Patnaik, former Chief justice of India Dr Mukul Sharma, Director, Amnesty International; Dr J K Jain Jain leader and Chairman, Jain TV Group; Dr John Dayal and Father Dominique Emmanuel, Christian leaders; Ravinder Singh, former speaker, Punjab Legislative Assembly; Jasbir Singh Rhode and Sardar Pramjit Singh Sarna, Sikh leaders; Digant Oza, Gujarati journalist; Dr D Prempati, Budhist and Dalit leader; Dr Kumar Rajiv, academic and social activist; Suvojit Baghchi, BBC Special Correspondent; Ms Kavita Srivastava, activist; Anand Sahay, Sr Editor, Tehelka; Abdur Rahim Quraishi, Assistant General Secretary, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB); Maulana Nusrat Ali, General Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind; Parwaaz Rahmani, Chief Editor, Sehroza Dawat; Dr S Q R Ilyas, Convenor, Babri Masjid Committee of All India Muslim Personal Board; Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji, Islamic scholar; Maulana Yasin Ali Usmani, Vice President, AIMC; Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi, President Milli Talimi Foundation; Pirji Hafiz Mohsin, academic; Hafiz Rashid Chaudhary, Advocate, Guwahati; Abdul Qayyum Akhtar, Advocate, Jaipur; Munir Ahmed Khan, Indore; Wafa Siddiqui, Bhopal; Maulana Fazlur Rahman, Imam, Kolkata Eidgah; Syed Ali, columnist; Rahimuddin Ansari, Chairman, Urdu Academy, Hyderabad; Abdur Rahim Patel and J Enayatullah, businessmen from Chennai; E M Abdur Rahman, social activist, Calicut; Mr.Kamal Farooqui, Chairman Delhi Minority Commission, Mr A .Hannan Chandna General Secretary, Delhi State AIMC, Mr Jameelur Rahman President Punjab AIMC And Master Akhtar Perwez Member Founder, Ml Reayazul Hasan Convenor Uttrakhand AIMC,Hafiz Athar And Mr Rasheed Enginner Maharashter Unit AIMC,Ml Abdul Hamid Azhari M.S,Maseeh Alam Jamaee M.P, Ml Abdullah Bukhari And Maul Anisur Rahman Qasmi Bihar Unit AIMC, Maul Gulzar Qasmi President U.P AIMC and Mr Naseem Ahmad Adv.General Sec AIMC U.P.,Mr Shahood Alam General Sec AIMC W.B, And Mr Ghulam Mohd, Mr Umar Khan Mr Syed Ali W.B AIMC Unit,Mr Hasan Ghauri President Rajathan AIMC Unit,Dr. S.Farooque President AIMC Delhi,ml Ejaz Urfi Qasmi Tanzeem Ulma e Haq, Mufti Arshad Farooqui,Markazi Jameeatul Ulema e Hind, Mr Mahtab Alam Batla Qaumi Panjabian Delhi, Mr Inamuddin Ahmad Guwahati, Mr Mujahid Ali Naqvi And Mr Shaukat Qureshi From Rajathan AIMC Unit, and Manzoor Ahmed and Mauji Khan, former police officials.
Justice A M Ahmadi, in his inaugural address, said that it was unfortunate that for the deeds of a few misguided member of the community, Islam and the whole community were blamed and looked upon with suspicion. He said Islam has had in the past also to weather such storms but the responsibility to protect Islam rested heavily on the shoulders of its true believers. He averred that it was "our duty to protect our country, nay, the globe, from such misguided souls and to expose them." In his own words, "if we fail in this duty, we will have failed Islam," while dwelling in detail the meaning of terrorism.
Justice G B Patnaik said no body in the world supported terrorism. And, every body defined it as per his own perception. As for example, Syria considered outside attack upon it as terrorism but UN didn't. As per India's Constitution, every community had got a right to profess and propagate its own religion and ideology. He also said that so far as terrorism was concerned, it was, no doubt, condemnable but it should be kept in mind that under the rule of every accused had got a right to defend itself. And, if the State failed to provide this right to an accused, it was not just and proper, he opined.
Maulana Abdullah Mughaisi, in his presidential address, said the AIMC that was holding this convention, had in the past fought against the injustices of the erstwhile TADA and POTA.
Dr Mukul Sharma said that his Amnesty International had been raising voice against such injustices, detention, torture etc. According to him, the need of the hour was that people belonging to different religions and communities come forward unitedly.
Dr J K Jain averred that there was no doubt that the minorities were the victims of the ant-terror measures. He assured his community's full cooperation in the war against terror and also ant-terror measures.
Suvojit Baghchi, Special Correspondent, BBC, agreed that media's role was vital so far as the present issue was concerned. "If media worked objectively and took the views of both sides, the injustice would itself go," he declared.
Sardar Jasbir Singh Rhode said the Sikh community was the first that became victim of the anti-terror measures and now the Christian and Muslim communities were suffering. According to him, the solution lied in the unity of all minorities.
Sardar Ravinder Singh, former speaker, Punjab Assembly averred that it was unfortunate that the weaker and marginalized sections always became the victims. In his own words, the solution was in the economic uplift of the minorities.
Digant Oza, Gandhian leader and journalist, dwelt in detail the injustices being done upon the Muslims in Gujarat. He said it was on record that all but one of 287 people initially held under POTA were Muslims.
Dr D Prempati, former Professor in Delhi University, opined that it was most unfortunate that minorities and other weaker sections were being harassed.
Dr Kumar Rajiv, social activist, said that the minorities were victims of the "State-sponsored terrorism". According to him, this State terrorism came from the excesses of the law and order machineries.
Father Dominique Emmanuel threw light upon the atrocities being perpetrated on the Christians in Orissa and other parts of the country.
Dr S Q R Ilyas, Editor, Afkaar-e-Milli, Urdu monthly, posed a question as to why the banned SIMI was being publicized as the mother of terrorism. He said it was on record that most of the persons detained were acquitted and declared later innocents. He demanded a probe into the allegation about involvement of Muslims in terror-related acts. He asked the AIMC to bring out a White Paper on terrorism and justice.
Dr Manzoor Alam, convener and General Secretary of AIMC, in his key-note address, queried as to why was Muslim presence in jails much larger than their share in the population? The programme was conducted by lawyer and social activist Zafaryab Jeelani.
On this occasion, a ten-page document on "Terrorism and Justice" was brought out. While decrying terrorism, it dealt with the anti-terror measures and its effects upon the innocent victims.
The national convention ended with a 15-point resolution.
Justice A M Ahmadi's Inaugural Address
Dr M Manzoor Alam's Keynote Address
Document on Terrorism and Justice