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PDF summons ulema meet tomorrow

THE NEWLY floated People?s Democratic Front, headed by prominent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad, has summoned a conference of ulema (clerics) here on June 4 to chalk out a political and religious action plan for the community.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 01:19 IST

THE NEWLY floated People’s Democratic Front, headed by prominent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad, has summoned a conference of ulema (clerics) here on June 4 to chalk out a political and religious action plan for the community.

Talking to newspersons here on Friday, Jawad said he would be able to attend the Delhi conference of ulema if the Jama Masjid Imam Ahmad Bukhari withdrew his conditions of disbanding the PDF and dumping aside its constituents. Bukhari has summoned a meeting of various Muslim organisations from UP in Delhi on June 10 to float a parallel political outfit. Jawad said Sunday’s conference would deliberate on religious, political and social problems of the Muslim community and also find ways to have good relations with the majority community.

Though Jawad asserted that Imam Tilewali Masjid Maulana Fazlur Rahman Waizi was still with him and would attend June 4 conference, Waizi, one time close ally of Jawad, has already drifted away. Waizi said he had no connection with the PDF.

Referring to all-India Ulema Council, which Jawad-Waizi team had established few months ago, the PDF chief said it would be enlarged on Sunday. Jawad said the PDF had been constituted to safeguard interests of the Muslim community.

The PDF, he said, would also fight forces that had been tarnishing the image of Islam in the name of terrorism. A joint committee of ulema and intellectuals is also proposed to be constituted for smooth functioning of the PDF.

However, the PDF ever since its launch, has been struggling for its survival.

Jawad’s rivals have ganged up to pull the rug from under his feet. The PDF, instead of uniting the community, has led to fragmentation. Even though Jawad repeatedly laid stress on unity in the community, there has so far been no reciprocity from other groups. Even Samajwadi Party Minister Shakir Ali attacked the PDF for serving the interest of the Congress. Jawad, however, rebutted the charge.

In fact the PDF has been sailing lonely furrow with the help of some people who have joined Jawad to cash in on his popularity.