Muslims condemn Bhukhari's invitation to Pakistan PM

The head of the Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband (DuD) and various sections of the Muslim community have questioned shahi iman of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari's, decision to overlook PM Narendra Modi and invite Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif to the coronation of his son as the naib imam (imam's deputy) on November 22. Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani preferred to say nothing on the issue except that they do not address political matters and are purely a religious entity. Other top clerics were more direct, saying such instances bring the entire Muslim community under scrutiny, and they criticised overlooking the Indian PM and instead inviting Pakistan's PM at a time when Pakistani soldiers are killing Indian soldiers on the borders. Others who condemned the move said this was Bukhari's desperate attempt to secure political significance at the cost of the Muslim community's identity in the country. One critic said he is sure that if Nawaz Sharif has more sense than Bukhari he will not attend the event after the controversy.