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Bukhari to Jawad: Wind up PDF

THE MUCH-PUBLICISED People?s Democratic Front (PDF) has run into rough weather. It is now Delhi Jama Masjid Imam Ahmad Bukhari versus PDF chairman and prominent Shia cleric Kalbe Jawad. Refusing to accept Jawad?s leadership, Bukhari has asked him to wind up his ?so-called organisation?.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 01:23 IST
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THE MUCH-PUBLICISED People’s Democratic Front (PDF) has run into rough weather. It is now Delhi Jama Masjid Imam Ahmad Bukhari versus PDF chairman and prominent Shia cleric Kalbe Jawad. Refusing to accept Jawad’s leadership, Bukhari has asked him to wind up his “so-called organisation”. 

Amid a confrontation, Bukhari, at a meeting with Jawad here late on Wednesday night, said he was in no way connected with the PDF. As the deadlock continued, Bukhari left for Delhi on Thursday morning after meeting other leaders opposed to the PDF.

Talking to Hindustan Times here on Thursday, Bukhari said he had invited Jawad to Delhi to attend a meeting on June 10, but only after resigning from the chairmanship of the PDF. Bukhari also told Jawad he should disassociate himself from people in the PDF who had no base in the community. Bukhari said he had respect for Jawad, but the company he had chosen in the PDF was not in the interest of the community. Bukhari also said Jawad’s resignation would be in larger interest of the unity of the community.

“My name as patron of the PDF had been used wrongly,” Bukhari said and added it was a “rootless organisation”. He said the doors for negotiations with Jawad were open, but if he did not come to the Delhi meeting, Bukhari would then chalk out an alternative course.

He also did not rule out the possibility of holding talks with other Shia Ulema (clerics) in Lucknow after June 10. Bukhari has made it clear that Jawad alone is welcome and not other members of the PDF, like the Muslim Forum, the Momin Conference, the Indian National League headed and others. Bukhari said these PDF members had damaged the cause of unity in community.

However, Jawad said he would take up the issue with the constituents of the PDF to take a final decision. He said various parties were involved in his election and they could not be ignored. A row has also erupted between Jawad and Imam Tilewali Masjid Shah Fazlur Rahman Waizi over the formation of the PDF.

Waizi said the Ulema Council had decided that its members would not directly take part in politics. The appointment of Jawad as the PDF chairman was a violation of this condition.