AIMPLB flays government for Wakf Bill
Lucknow: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board today alleged the attitude of Union Law Ministry and Ministry of Minorities Affairs was uncooperative and irrational in the matter of Wakf.
"The Wakf Bill has many defects and the attitude of Law Ministry and Ministry of Minorities Affairs is irrational in this matter," assistant general secretary of AIMPLB Mohammad Abdul Rahim Quraishi said.
The matter came up for discussion during meeting of the AIMPLB's executive committee chaired by president of the board Maulana Rabe Hasan Nadwi.
The Wakf (Amendment) Bill, 2010 may be introduced with amendments in the Monsoon session of Parliament.
Sachar committee has recommended that Wakf should be declared public premises, which implies that if there was any encroachment then it would be responsibility of the district administration to evict the same, Quraishi said that
"After the Bill was referred to the select committee of Rajya Sabha a delegation met and raised the issue before it. But when the report of select committee came important suggestions were not accepted," he said.
He demanded that survey of Wakf properties should start from the date of Independence.
"But the Bill says that survey commissioner will start survey from the date of enforcement, what will happen to old properties," he questioned.
Quraishi said that even the Supreme Court has said that "once a Wakf property always a Wakf property."
He said that the Bill says that if Wakf was not registered then it would have no right of seeking judicial remedy.
"It is a democracy and there is rule of law. Right of judicial remedy is being taken away," he alleged.
He said that the AIMPLB has decided to launch a campaign after the Ramzan month.
The executive committee also expressed its concern over some court's judgements against principles of Shariat in matter of divorce and maintenance.
It was decided that the AIMPLB would move the apex court for a review of the judgements.
"Shariat is part of Islam and Muslims are bound to follow it," Quraishi said.
It has come to the notice of the board that in Tamil Nadu passport officers were not recognising Islamic Nikah and were insisting on marriage under Special Marriage Act.
The board has decided to make representation to the External Affairs Minister in this regard, he said. severe punishment to all the accused persons," Quraishi said.