Fatwa issued against Jinnah in UP

Mani Shankar Aiyar

Mani Shankar Aiyar

Aligarh: Thousands of students staged a protest against attacks of Hindutva forces on students of Aligarh Muslim University.

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday lashed out at the Congress after suspended party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar praised Muhammad Ali Jinnah amid a controversy surrounding his portrait at the Aligarh Muslim University or AMU.

In an open letter, AMU Vice Chancellor Tariq Mansoor, on Tuesday, asked students not to fall into the trap of those trying to destroy the institution's image. "In addition, the cases against AMU students must be withdrawn", it added.

He called upon students not let their studies suffer and play with their future.

The students are demanding a judicial probe into the "police inaction".

According to Prof. Mansoor, the University has postponed AMU exams in view of the improvement in the law-and-order situation on the campus.

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Accusing a section of television channels, the university authority said, "As you all know, our beloved university is passing through a hard phase, taking advantage of the present crisis, section of media especially some TV channels, armed with all kinds of half-truths, are constantly trying to create a very negative image of the university".

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.

University spokesman Shafey Qidwai defended the hanging of the portrait saying Jinnah was the founder member of the university and he was conferred with lifelong membership of the union. The police said two youths were arrested later.

Clashes with Hindu and Muslim students were reported from many parts of the campus forcing the government to suspend internet services last Friday and imposition of Section 144 to maintain peace in the town.

A 16-member coordination committee of senior faculty members has been formed to help in engaging protesting students.

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