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Muslim survey necessary: Bukhari

Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid supports the Govt panel seeking information regarding Muslims in armed forces.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 11:11 IST

Imam of Delhi's historic Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Tuesday supported the Government Committee seeking information regarding Muslims in armed forces.

Bukhari said it was necessary for the benefit of the community.

"There is nothing wrong in it. I think there is less than one per cent Muslim in defence services," Bukhari said when asked for his comment on the recent controversy on the issue.

"It is the responsibility of the Government to recruit Muslims in all services according to the population pattern of the community," he said adding the Mandal Commission had recommended nine per cent reservation for the Muslims in all state and central government jobs.

The high-level seven-member committee, headed by Justice (retd) Rajindar Sachar, on Tuesday had said it's mandate was to prepare a report on the current "social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community in India" and that no specific question was asked from any wing of the defence forces or the Defence Ministry.

Claiming that Muslims figure very less in police and other paramilitary organisations of the country too, the Imam demanded a 'White Paper' on their percentage in all such organisations.

Claiming that justice has not been given to many riot victims in different parts of the country, he also demanded economic package for the Gujarat riot victims on the lines of 1984 Sikh riot victims.

First Published: Feb 15, 2006 11:11 IST