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Andhra preacher is Terry Jones' adviser

world Updated: Sep 11, 2010 23:57 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Hindustan Times

An evangelical preacher from India, Kilari A. Paul, has emerged as the principal advisor to pastor Terry Jones, the man who created headlines worldwide by threatening to burn copies of the Quran. And Paul threatened that Jones had not taken the option of burning Qurans off the table.

Jones called off his proposed misadventure after claiming that he had received an assurance that the Park51 project, popularly called the Ground Zero Mosque, was to be relocated.

According to reports in the local media, Paul, who is originally from Andhra Pradesh, challenged Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the principal figure behind the Park51 project, to meet Jones in New York.

Speaking during a news conference on Friday, Paul held out a veiled threat as he said, "I can tell you 100 per cent Pastor Jones will not burn the Quran tomorrow. I cannot speak for the future."

In 2004, Paul was called "World's Most Popular Evangelist" by the New Republic magazine. He is said to be the former advisor to former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who is facing war crimes charges at The Hague. According to reports from Chicago, Paul was charged in 2006 with breaching the security of the residence of the then Speaker of the US House of Representatives Dennis Hastert.