Ayodhya dispute: Our priority is to join hearts of people, says AIMPLB

Saul Bowman
February 11, 2018

On first day of three-day plenary, the Board issued a statement clarifying that there was no change in stand of the Board vis a vis Babri Masjid.

According to Salman Nadvi, as soon as he entered the meeting hall, some of the board members started asking him to withdraw my proposal about Ayodhya dispute.

The report pointed out that eleven main issues pertaining to the Muslim community across the nation were approved for discussion by the working committee as the agenda.

The AIMPLB said that when a mosque is constructed, it remains a mosque and can not be sold, exchanged, or alienated in any manner. "The RSS should also make public the names of its members with whom the spokesperson of the Muslim personal law board has close relations", he said.

In the meeting, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Muslim Personal Law Board executive member Maulana Syed Salman Hussain Nadvi, Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board chairperson Zufar Ahmad Farooqui Maulana Wasif Hasan of Teelay Wali Masjid in Lucknow and other retired IAS officers were present along with Centre for Objective Research and Development (CORD) director Athar Husain Siddiqui. Nadvi reportedly said that Masjid could be shifted to other place to please Hindus. It also said it will abide by the Supreme Court order, which is presently hearing the case.

Statement said that in past whenever Hindu religious leaders offered for talks Board never opposed it and talked about just and honorable solution to the vexed issue.

Referring to various cases in the lower and higher courts across the country, he claimed that the board is taking note of them and pursuing the matter with the utmost judicial conscientiousness. "We believe in our judiciary system", said a member of Board executive.

The petitions before the judges relate to the 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court in the title suit that had been pending for almost six decades.

The board held two sessions, one each on the Babri Masjid and Triple Talaq issues, at the Salar-e-Millat auditorium in the Owaisi Hospital campus on Saturday.

The second point states that the Muslims should take the land of Nirmohi Akharas, while handing over the disputed site to Hindu claimants.

On Thursday, the three-judge Supreme Court bench fixed March 14 as the next date of hearing in Ayodhya case as some of the documents and translations were yet to be filed before the apex court. Instead, the point says, an global university in the name of Bahadur Shah Zafar should be built on Ayodhya-Gorakhpur highway and a mosque should be built within the premises.

In May previous year, a Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Lucknow charged senior BJP leaders Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti with criminal conspiracy in Babri Masjid demolition case.

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