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Updated: March 9, 2013 01:40 IST

Ajmer dargah head to boycott Pakistan PM

Mohammed Iqbal
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Ajmer Sharif Dargah Diwan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan has said that he will not assist Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in offering prayers at the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. File Photo
PTI Ajmer Sharif Dargah Diwan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan has said that he will not assist Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in offering prayers at the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. File Photo

A day before the scheduled visit of Raja Pervez Ashraf to the famous dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, the spiritual head of the 13th century shrine on Friday announced boycott of the Pakistan Prime Minister in protest against the recent attack on Indian soldiers near the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir.

He said he would not receive Mr. Ashraf inside the dargah.

Dargah Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan also ascribed his decision to the “continuing atrocities against minorities” in Pakistan and lack of measures for protection of their places of worship. “As the first person to welcome the heads of countries, I have decided not to ask for an entry pass for the dargah,” he said in a statement.

Mr. Khan, who claims lineage to the Sufi mystic and enjoys the status of hereditary “Sajjadanashin” (spiritual head) of the tomb, said the Pakistani soldiers’ “inhuman act” of beheading an Indian jawan and not returning the head with due apologies was not only against international military norms but had also violated the basic tenets of Islam.

“I expected the Pakistan Prime Minister to bring back the head of the Indian martyr and tender an apology to the people of India and the family of the soldier. Only after this, his visit to the dargah would have led to the beginning of [a new phase of] friendly relations between the two countries,” he said.

Mr. Khan said though Pakistan claimed to be an Islamic republic, it was not following the teachings of Islam in their true spirit. “Islam enjoins upon its followers to live in peace with their neighbours. Pakistani politicians defy the Islamic values and promote terrorism in India and kill innocent people,” he said.

Despite the Centre registering its strong protest with Pakistan in the matter, the latter had not taken any action against the guilty Army personnel, Mr. Khan pointed out.

However, the Khadims (workers) will be receiving Mr. Ashraf and his family members and conduct the ‘Ziarat’ (pilgrimage) rituals for them. According to the Anjuman Khuddam Syedzadgan, a representative body of Khadims, a warm welcome would be accorded to the Premier during his visit.

The Dargah Dewan and Khadims are the two centres of power in the historic shrine in Ajmer. The two sides have been at loggerheads over the division of offerings at the tomb and fighting legal battles for many years.

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Spritual head of Dargha,There is no head of dargha.For first five to
six centuries of the founding of Dargha there was no Dewan The first
person
who was appointed Dewan was by Emperor Jehangir.The first person was
in Gwalior Fort serving a prison sentence at the orders of Emporor
Akbar
Dewan are administrators this name given to ministers of rulers.At
that
time the Dargha jagir was almost comprised fiftytwo vattract stay
villages almost bigger than a state.As happens in imperial service that
appointment became heriditory, certainly is not spritual.At the time
of Indepedance Dewan migrated to Pakistan
The current Dewan was appointed by the Govt.and recieves a salary
and he is fond of issuing statements when he has no role in any one
visitingPilgrims visit to Dargha,he is not even entitled to touch the
chaddar
or enter the shrine.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Mar 10, 2013 at 02:36 IST

it's very unfortunate that head custodian of shrine of a great ,impartial & non violent spritual leader(Khawaja Nizamuddin RA)is dragging his feet in dirty politics which he is already playing with Anjuman Khadmin Sajjadgan.It is unprecedented in the history of Indo Pak relations that a position of great saint is being politicised for scoring cheap popularity.He is nobody to stop or even disregard intended pilgrime of any caste,creed,religion,color or for that matter nationality.This is very critical rather dangerous precedence being started by not less than a personality who has been entrusted the job of custodian of a great saint.
His logic of bycotting the visit on Pakistan army soldiers act,is questionable,subjudice in Indian court,(still mere allegation,as Indian Suprem Court has asked to take the matter to International court,which is more prudent aproach).
While criticising Pakistan government on matter of minority protection/handling,he is over stepping his mandate.

from:  HM
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 16:19 IST

Ajmer Dargah Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan speaks like late Balasaheb Thackeray! His thoughts and this Khan's mentality are one and the same.

from:  K.J.Haroon Basha
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 15:21 IST

There is no need to politicise a visit to a spiritual place. The PM of Pakistan is visiting
in his capacity as a private individual and God doesn't look at our power and
position.
The religious places, are unfortunately more material and less spiritual in their
management, and politics shouldn't come in the way of a devotee offering respects.
The shrine has been in existence for over 700 years, and has seen the rise and fall of
many empires.

from:  RK
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 15:02 IST

Now this guy can be nominated for Nobel peace prize! Islam has nothing
to do with Dhargah worship.

from:  MSiraj
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 14:52 IST

Where from this Darga culture came to Indian and Pakistani Islam?
Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan has to explain this first to world Muslims?

from:  Ashfaq Hussain
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 10:11 IST

I highly appreciate the stand taken by you in this regard

from:  A.SESHAGIRI
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 08:25 IST

Kudos. It is the right spirit of an indian Muslim clergy. Pakistan will fail in using indian
Muslims for their wrongful activities. We should not be coloured by religion, instead we are
Indians first.

from:  P Natrajan
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 08:14 IST

Naturally. Sufis, like Hindus, Shias, Christians, and Ahmadiyas face the
brunt of Pakistani pogroms. Beheading of Indian soldiers might be just
an incidental peg.

from:  S. Suchindranath Aiyer
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 07:46 IST

It is sad to see how minorities in India, especially Muslims, have to go
to lengths to prove their patriotism.

from:  Sajju
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 05:23 IST

I salute him for being a true human being first . SUPERB DECISION!!!!

from:  KPR Muralidaran
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 05:14 IST

I salute Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, the head of the Ajmer darga, for
sending the strongest message from India to Pakistan.

from:  Jayaram
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 05:01 IST

Finally someone is standing up, when the govt has closed the issue.

Thank you.

from:  Thiru Ramanathan
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 00:55 IST

I think it has got more to do with the sufi killings in Pakistan than
that of the Indian soldiers. But anyways its a good step in the right
direction.

from:  Kannan
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 00:40 IST

welcoming decision, I support this view.

from:  Arul
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 00:27 IST

Kudos to Ajmer Sharif Dargah Diwan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan.
Even the India govt did not have enough guts to do anything for what Pakistani soldier did to our men.
When will we see some more brave leaders who would protest rather than inviting them and offering them lunches.

from:  Lijo Philip
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 00:23 IST

It is highly commendable that this priest has registered this
protest for all Indians. Humane ideals are not monopoly of any one
religion only.

from:  jay
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 00:15 IST

I wish Salman Khurshid learns something from you sir. We need more people like you. Hats-off !

from:  Deep
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 23:55 IST

A very sensitive decision. Still, the spiritual head
may be kind to help the seeker. Let the political head
of our country deal with the issue.

from:  Hrushikesha
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 23:29 IST

Praise be to this Patriot. Wish other muslims were patriotic like him.

from:  Nath
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 22:33 IST

Hope the spiritual head of the Dargah persists with his forthright stand in the matter, and does not change his decision of not welcoming the Pakistan PM tomorrow, come what may.

from:  Murtuza
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 22:11 IST

I bow my head to the Ajmer Sharif Spiritual head, for the stand taken by him.But our External Affairs minister is welcoming him and giving him a party.


from:  Shyam.
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 21:28 IST

He is the real Muslim. I'm very proud that he is an Indian.

from:  Navaneethan
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 21:06 IST

A correct step by the head of the Ajmer Shrine. It is regrettable not to have seen a similar reaction from the Congress Party led UPA Administration of our PM Dr. Manmohan Singh by denying a visa to the Pakistani PM for the purpose of visiting India in the first place.

from:  Arun B R
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 20:40 IST

I think he did the right thing! Pakistan needs India not the other way round.

from:  Mitha
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 20:05 IST

India should not have allowed this visit in the first place. The Dargah chief's act is very
unlikely to have an effect on the Pakistani army. The head of the failed state must be looking
to stirr up some controversies to distract the world from everyday domestic bombings. It
would have been best to keep him outside our borders.

from:  Shaheen
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 19:56 IST

The decision of the Ajmer Sharif to boycott the visit of Pakistan Prime Minister to the dargah is a welcome one. The Islamic cleric has conveyed the correct sentiment of the muslims in India about the brutal killing of the Indian Soldiers . It will convey the correct message to the terrorists operating in the neighborhood

from:  M Rajendran
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 19:42 IST

I salute you sir "Ajmer Sharif Dargah Diwan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan", you have once again proved that be it hindus or muslims, in the end we all are INDIANS. I wish even the traitors who ditch our country just for money and send high profile information to other countries' secret agencies could think like you.

from:  arundhathi
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 19:25 IST

Nice move. Hope the Pak leadership get the message that they can't just waltz in and out of India as they please while in effect carrying out a proxy war against India. Indian leadership needs to be more stern and stop the Pak PM's trip. They should start to get the message then.

from:  Vipul
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 19:20 IST
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