Centre, State Govts Should Clarify Their Stand on Targeting of Muslims’ Places of Worship: AIMPLB

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Security forces deployed in front of Gyanvapi Masjid. — Photo: India Today

It is a matter of great regret that the central government and the state governments and the political parties who call themselves secular are silent on this, a board member said.

Team Clarion

LUCKNOW — The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), in an emergency virtual meeting of the board’s Working Committee on Tuesday night, has asked the Centre and the state governments to clarify their stand on the targeting of places of worship of Muslims in the country.

The board has also decided to provide legal aid to the Intezamiya Masajid Committee and its lawyers in the Gyanvapi Masjid case and launch a nationwide agitation, if necessary, to apprise the public about the “real intention” of creating disputes over the places of worship.

Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, executive member of the board, referring to the issues of Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi and the Shahi Masjid Idgah in Mathura while talking to PTI said,  “It was regretted during the meeting that the places of worship of Muslims in the country are being targeted and Religious Places Act of 1991, which was enacted in Parliament with the consent of all, is being openly flouted.”

It is a matter of great regret that the central government and the state governments are silent on this. Apart from this, the political parties who call themselves secular parties are also keeping silent, he said.

The board has demanded from all of them to clarify their stand on this, Ilyas said.

Qasim Rasool Ilyas said that the board also discussed that the manner in which the lower courts are making decisions regarding the places of worship is regrettable.

The courts should not dishearten the people that might end the hope of last justice, he added.

Ilays said it has been decided in the meeting that the legal committee of the AIMPLB will assist the maintenance body of the mosque — Anjuman Intezamiya Masajid Committee — and its lawyers in connection with the Gyanvapi Masjid case in the Supreme Court.

The board has also appealed to Muslims to maintain peace, stand with courage and fight the legal battle to the best of their ability, Ilyas said.

“The board has decided to bring the real intention behind all the disputes being raised regarding mosques before the people so that they cannot be misled. If needed, we can also launch an agitation in the country in this connection. The truth is that whatever is happening is being done to damage the unity and integrity of the country,” he said.

Ilyas said the board has also decided that different religious communities, religious leaders, civil society, and social organisations in the country should be contacted and told about the truth because this is not a matter of anyone’s community but of the entire country.

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