AIMIM: Political Party Founded to Promote the Interests of Nizam of Hyderabad and Oppose Integration of Hyderabad
Founded in 1927, the party opposed integration of Hyderabad with India after Independence and was demanding a separate Muslim state.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) claims to be a political party fighting for “the social, economical, and educational development and effective representation of Muslims, Dalits, other minorities and underprivileged communities in India”.
But, its history and political structure says something completely different.
It was founded in 1927 by Nawab Mehmood Nawaz Khan on the “advice” of Nizam of Hyderabad Nawab Mir Qasim Ali Khan. It was known as Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) then.
The party’s goal was to protect the political interests of Nizam. It’s first meeting happened on November 12, 1927 at the house of Nawab Mehmood Nawaz Khan.
In 1928, Bahadur Yar Jung was “elected” president of MIM. After Jung’s death in 1944, Qasim Rizvi, a very close confidant of Nizam, was “elected” leader of MIM.
He raised the Razakars, the private militia which opposed the integration of Hyderabad.
After Independence, MIM was banned in 1948 and Rizvi was jailed. He was released from jail in 1957 only on the condition that he would move to pakistan.
But, before leaving for Pakistan in 1958, Rizvi handed the reins of the party to lawyer Abdul Wahid Quraishi. Quraishi organised it into AIMIM.
The current president of AIMIM and the Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi is the grandson of Abdul Wahid Quraishi.
Asaduddin Owaisi’s father, Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi, was the MP of Hyderabad from 1984-2004 and since 2004, Asaduddin Owaisi is the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad.
Owaisi has defended many terrors accused. When an ISIS terror module was busted in 2016 in Hyderabad, Owaisi was at the forefront in providing legal help to them.
On many occasions, he has defended Afzal Guru, the terrorist who was sentenced to death in the parliament attack case.