Jinnah's portrait should be removed: Kalraj

Angelica Greene
May 9, 2018

Amid row over Mohammed Ali Jinnah's portrait in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Bareilly's Aala Hazrat Dargah has issued a fatwa against the Pakistan's founder, saying "no one should stand in support of him".

In an open letter to the students, he urged them "not to fall into the trap of certain forces which are bent upon destroying the image of our alma mater and are playing with your bright future".

Last week, a clash broke out between students of the AMU and the police over the matter.

Meanwhile, Aligarh Muslim University on Sunday postponed all examinations amid the prevailing tension within the campus following the police action by police against the students. Police resorted to lathi charge and also used tear gas shells against the varsity students who were demanding action against the armed members of the right wing extremist organization. Mansoor said he was pained that a negative image of the university is being propagated through some channels of the media, using "half-truths". Earlier on Saturday, JNU Students union leaders had also addressed the protesting students at the AMU main gate and extended their support.

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A picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has replaced that of the Aligarh Muslim University founder, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, which disappeared mysteriously from the PWD guesthouse in Khair, a town near Aligarh, reports said. Over a dozen students had sustained injuries in the police action. "The miscreants were allegedly members of right-wing Hindu outfit", the university alumni body said in a statement.

AMU officials have said that Mr Jinnah was a founder member of the university's court and was granted life membership of the student union.

He has also asked the district magistrate to immediately institute an inquiry into yesterday's incident in which some youths pasted Jinnah's photographs in the toilets at Dharam Samaj Degree College.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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