Personal Law Board to campaign for Waqf Bill amendments

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), citing delays by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs and the Law Ministry, has announced its plans to campaign for the Waqf Bill (2010) amendments, terming Salman Khurshid’s behavior as uncooperative in the matter.

“Amendments to the Waqf Bill have been proposed with a view to preserving, protecting and recovering Waqf properties and making the Waqf Board representative of the Muslim community,” Abdul Rahim Quraishi, the Board’s assistant general secretary and spokesperson, told reporters at the executive committee meeting of the AIMPLB. He said an AIMPLB delegation had met Salman Khurshid and that he had agreed to the amendments. But when the final report came, their suggestions had not been accepted. The Select Committee had also ignored the Board’s recommendation that if a Waqf property is encroached upon, the District Magistrates and Collectors should be held responsible for removing the squatters, as according to the Justice Rajendra Sachar Committee report a Waqf proprerty is ‘public premises.
 Aaliya Khan

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2012 on page no. 6

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