A Muslim organisation today demanded a single Wakf Board for Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind favoured restoration of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Wakf Board as was prevalent before 2003, prior to its trifurcation.
"The way Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is advocating single Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for Punjab and Haryana, the Jamiat also wants that all the states be brought under a single Wakf Board," said Maulana Arshad Madni, president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind.
He claimed that in 2009, the Centre Wakf Board directed that Punjab Wakf Board be re-constituted on old pattern wherein the boards of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh be brought under one umbrella.
Madni also demanded that instead of giving land for education and religious purposes on lease, the government should permanently transfer land in the name of organisations concerned and make it freehold.
Encroachments made on places related to the Muslim community should be immediately vacated and further encroachments should be stopped, Madni demanded.
Madni also expressed concerns over the lack of education among Muslim children.