The chief of Pakistan's Jamiat-ul-Islam, Maulana Fazlur Rahman,
has landed in Deoband to broker peace between the two warring
factions of Jamiat-Ulema-i-Hind over the continuance of Maulana
Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi as vice chancellor of the Darul Uloom,
reports a National English daily.
"Rahman's intervention comes a week
ahead of the meeting of the Darululoom shoora to decide Vastanvi's
fate", Times of India quoted its source in its online edition.
The Pakistani cleric, in Deoband to
pay tribute to the late former rector of Deoband, Maulana Maghubur
Rehman, met the feuding uncle and nephew of the two Jamiat
factions, Maulana Arshad Madni and Mehmood Madni, over lunch on
Rehman, is believed to be opposed to
Vastanvi, and his association with Arshad Madni goes back almost
four decades, Times of India opined.
"Fazlur Rehman, who had tried to
unite the Madnis back in March 2007 as well, did his best to bring
about a rapprochement during his two-day camp in the seminary. The
results have been satisfactory," Times of India quoted its
Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi who has
recently been elected as rector of Darul uloom Deoband invited
trouble when he reportedly praised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi in a press statement.
Besides receiving flak from
different groups of the Muslim community, his comments about the
controversial Gujarat Chief Minister had resulted in group clashes
at Darul uloom Deoband. The Islamic seminary, which is influential
in the Indian sub-continent, was closed for few days due to the
clashes between the supporters of Vastanvi and those against him.
Following which Vastanvi announced to resign as rector and the
Darul Uloom called its shoora meeting February 23 to discuss the issue.