Taslima's stay creates disturbance in India: Shahi Imam

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New Delhi, Feb 8: The Shahi Imam of Delhi's Fatehpuri Masjid, Mufti Mohammad Mukaram Ahmed, today demanded immediate cancellation of controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen's visa and expulsion from India, saying her stay ''creates disturbance'' in the country.

In a statement here, he said the government has extended Ms Nasreen's visa to enable her to continue staying in India. "Her stay creates disturbance in India." The Shahi Imam said it was recently reported that the Bangladeshi author would remove ''objectionable portions'' from her book 'Dwikhandita (Split in two)'. "But, all this was a baseless propaganda." He said her (Ms Nasreen's) book was being openly sold without any deletion of ''objectionable, provocative and humiliating matter'' at the ongoing National Book Fair here.

''We again appeal to the UPA government to cancel her visa and expel her from India. It will strengthen the secular character of our country,'' the Shahi Imam demanded. He also criticised the Centre's decision to extend the ban on the proscribed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) for another two years, saying no objectionable literature has been found from the outfit offices during the past seven years.

''Several courts have issued judgements for release of the arrested SIMI members as they were not found guilty of any anti-national act.'' The Shahi Imam accused the UPA government of not paying attention towards the welfare of the Muslims of the country and charged it with ''neglecting their sentiments'' on various matters.

''This particular attitude of the central government is hurting our hearts and minds as we were of the view that the UPA will provide a secular administration in the country,'' he said.

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