Muslim board to launch anti-UPA campaign

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board [AIMPLB] has decided to launch a nationwide campaign against the Central government to protest against the uncooperative attitude of the  Union ministries on Muslim issues. The board also criticised Union Law and Minority affairs minister Salman Khursheed for his move to scuttle the demand of the Muslims in the Waqf  Bill and other issues including implementation of the Sacchar Committee recommendation.

The decision to hold country-wide campaign after Ramzan to protest against the attitude of the Centre for delaying the Waqf bill and other issues were taken in the board’s executive committee meeting here at Nadwawatul Ulema presided over by president Maulana Rabe Hasni Nadwi.

Briefing media persons here, AIMPLB Assistant General secretary Mohammad Abdul Rahim Quraishi indirectly blamed Union Minister Salman Khursheed for the ignorance of the Muslims in the Central Waqf Bill. ‘Khursheed, even after assuring us to modify the irregularities in the Waqf bill, made a U-turn and has now been saying that the amendments would only be made after it becomes an Act,’  he said. ‘We can certainly say that Salman Khursheed’s attitude is also responsible for the Centre’s apathetic move against the Muslims in the country,’ the Board assistant Secretary said.

The meeting, on hearing report of the secretary Maulana Mohammad Wali Rahmani, who is convenor of ‘Save Constitutional Rights Committee’ felt that in the matter of Waqf, the attitude of Law Ministry and the Ministry of Minorities Affairs is uncooperative, rather irrational and these ministries are creating hurdles in amending the Waqf Bill 2010 with a view to preserve, protest and recover Waqf properties and to made the Waqf Board representative of Muslim community.

‘It is totally unethical that except for Muslims and its organisations, the Central waqf Council would be represented by doctors, financial experts and businessmen,’ Quraishi said while adding that the Board is demanding that the cut off date of the Waqf property should be 15 August, 1947 while the Bill proposes for a later period. He said that the Central government was not accepting the Supreme Court’s ruling which said that once a Waqf property is always a Waqf property.

AIMPLB also protested against the Centre’s move to dilute the recommendations of the Justice Sacchar Committee report. ‘The first instance was that the centre has refused to accept the backwardness of Muslims as recommended by the committee rather than it has made a general by announced sops for the minorities,’ Maulana Quraishi.

The Board also criticised the Centre for not keeping its promises to implement the recommendations of the Sacchar Committee. ‘Now the Centre is trying to change basic intention of the committee’s recommendation,’ he further added.

The executive meeting of the AIMPLB has demanded that the state governments should take the views of the Muslims before  making marriage registration compulsory in their respective states.
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