Maulana Mohammad Saad Kandhalvi, one of the top leaders of Tablighi Jamaat based in New Delhi (India) will not attend the 53rd Biswa Ijtema, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.
The minister disclosed the decision after a meeting with the representatives of Tabligh-Jamaat at his ministry office on Thursday afternoon.
Talking to journalists, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said Maulana Saad will not attend the Ijtema but stay in Dhaka.
The decision came after a two-hour meeting that started around 3:30pm.
Maulana Saad arrived in Dhaka from New Delhi on Wednesday amid protests just outside the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a large number of people loyal to one of the factions.
The busy Airport Road was blocked by the protesters upon arrival of the Maulana Saad from India to attend the Ijtema on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah also confirmed the information to the journalist on Thursday.
He said: “Considering the overall situation, Maulana Saad, who has been staying at the Kakrail Mosque in the capital right now, has been withdrawn from the religious congregation."