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|Kochi: A seminar on the amendment of
Waqf laws jointly organised by the Kerala Waqf board and Al Ameen
Educational Trust here on 19 October called for setting up Waqf
Development Authority at state and national level to implement the agenda
of the Waqf council and Waqf boards
The seminar, the first such in the state on the subject, suggested a
revision of the Waqf laws in such a manner as to make them more
transparent and compatible with the modern times.
It also called upon the Muslim community to be aware of the ongoing survey
on the basis of Waqf laws so as to bring to the notice of the Survey
Commissioner any information about unclaimed Waqf properties.
There was also a demand to amend the Waqf laws so as to bring to book the
guardians who squander Waqf properties and funds.
Mr. K.Rahman Khan, MP, chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee for
Waqf Law Amendments, delivered the keynote address. Prof. KA Jaleel,
chairman of the Kerala Waqf Board, inaugurated the seminar. Abdullah Haji
Ahmed Sait presided over the function.
The Joint Parliamentary Committee was set up to make suggestions on the
timely revision of the Waqf laws formulated in 1995. Although the panel
has already had many proposals with it, this seminar was a part of its
attempt to reach a consensus on the amendments of the laws.
Several religious leaders, scholars and law experts took part in the
seminar. KA Abdul Ghafoor, judge of the Kerala High Court, delivered the
valedictory speech. Among those who spoke on the occasion were P.K.
Abubakr, C. Muhammad Faizee, and B.M.Jamal, secretary of the Waqf board. q
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