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Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:17

Deoband Darul Uloom urges bar on Salman Rushdie visit to India

India's best-known school of Islamic studies, the Darul Uloom – Deoband, has called on the government to block a planned visit to the country by author Salman Rushdie.

Mr Rushdie is due to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival later this month.

He sparked Muslim anger around the world with his 1988 book The Satanic Verses, which they regarded as blasphemous.
"The Indian government should cancel his visa as Rushdie had annoyed the religious sentiments of Muslims in the past," the Darul Uloom Deoband seminary's Vice-Chancellor Maulana Abul Qasim Nomani said.

He said he had put his request in writing to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

"In case of no response from the government, the Darul Uloom Deoband will take appropriate action," Mr Nomani said.

The Darul Uloom is based in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which is going to the polls in February. Several political parties have said they support the seminary's demand.

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