Muslim scholars condemn SP’s ‘go to Pak’ remark, call for judicial probe

HT Image
HT Image
Published on Dec 30, 2019 05:23 PM IST
Copy Link
ByS Raju, Meerut

Muslim scholars of Meerut condemned SP Akhilesh Narayan Singh’s purported ‘go to Pakistan’ remark for people who were protesting against the amended Citizenship Act (CAA) on December 20 and demanded a judicial inquiry into the matter while speaking to media persons on Monday.

Shahar Qazi Zainus Sajeedin, a revered figure among Muslims in Meerut and a former professor of Islamic theology at the Aligarh Muslim University, said that he was a big supporter of communal harmony but felt that the SP’s remark was an insult to the entire Muslim community.

“We condemn those who indulged in violence on December 20. We remained by the side of the police throughout that troublesome time. However, there are no videos in which people can be heard raising anti-India slogans. People were protesting against the CAA and the NRC (National Register of Citizens) to live in this country. The police should present evidence if any such slogans were raised,” said Sajeedin.

He said that if the police didn’t have any evidence to support their claims, then senior officials should initiate action against the Meerut superintendent of police. “They (senior police officers) should order a judicial inquiry into this incident. Otherwise, we will take the matter to court,” he added.

Expressing dismay over the controversy, Qari Shafiq-Ur-Rehman of Milli Council said, “What is happening in the country, including Meerut, is worrisome.” He, however, did not elaborate on his comment.

City president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Zainur Rasheedin also called for a judicial probe into the incident. “The police should release some video of the protesters who had raised pro-Pakistan or anti-India slogans,” he said.

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • The Bangalore University, known to be short of funds, is now hoping to make revenue out of the jackfruit trees grown on its campus. (Representative Image)

    Cash-strapped Bangalore University wants to make money. By selling jackfruit

    Bangalore University, which has more than 650 affiliated colleges, has decided to auction off the 50-odd jackfruit trees on its 1,000-acre Jnanabharathi campus ahead of the upcoming jackfruit season. The varsity had tried to auction off the trees last year but did not gain any revenue due to the lack of demand and buyers. The auction is set to take place on May 31 and the university has some rules in place.

  • Security duties being assigned at the Ridge on Friday in the run-up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Shimla on May 31. (Deepak Sansta/HT)

    Shimla schools prepone vacation in view of PM Modi’s May 31 rally

    Anticipating a huge gathering for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally at the Ridge in Shimla on May 31, the district administration has asked schools to prepone their summer vacation to avoid traffic congestion on Tuesday. Also read: Seven soldiers killed after army vehicle falls into Shyok river in Ladakh Modi will hold a roadshow in Shimla followed by the rally to celebrate the BJP-led NDA government's eight years in office at the Centre.

  • Delhi lieutenant governor Vinai Kumar Saxena (left) with CM Arvind Kejriwal (

    ‘We decided to work together…’: Delhi CM Kejriwal meets new LG Vinai Saxena

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday met the Union territory's 22nd lieutenant governor, Vinai Kumar Saxena, a day after the latter took oath of office. Speaking after the meeting, Kejriwal told reporters they both decided to work together for the 'betterment of people.' Saxena posted images on Twitter of his interaction with the chief minister.

  • Rajvardhan Singh Parmar of the Hindu outfit, Maharana Pratap Sena, has written a letter to Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot demanding ASI survey of the Ajmer Dargah. (PTI File Photo)

    Hindu outfit claims Ajmer Dargah was a temple, demands ASI survey

    A Hindu outfit, Maharana Pratap Sena, has claimed that the Ajmer Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chisti was a temple, and demanded a survey of it by the Archaeological Survey of India. The dargah committee and the body of Khadims have refuted such claims. Rajvardhan Singh Parmar of Maharana Pratap Sena claimed that Hindu symbols were there on the walls and windows of the dargah and sought an ASI survey.

  • A three-year-old child was killed on Thursday noon as a water tanker ran over her while reversing near Sarjapur road in Bengaluru. (for representational purposes) (HT FILE PHOTO)

    Bengaluru: Toddler run over by reversing tanker while playing outside apartment

    A three-year-old girl was killed after Pratiksha Bhat, a native of Nepal was run over by a water tanker while it was reversing near an apartment on Sarjapur road in Bengaluru on Thursday. The young girl has been identified as a native of Nepal, Pratiksha Bhat. Pratiksha was playing nearby as the driver began reversing but he did not see her and the toddler was knocked down. Pratiksha's body was shifted to St John's Medical College Hospital for post-mortem procedures.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Friday, May 27, 2022