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Muslim Board to oppose Communal Violence Bill

india Updated: Mar 17, 2010 17:31 IST
M Hasan
M Hasan
Hindustan Times
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The Communal Violence Bill and Liberhan Commission report over the demolition of Babri Masjid would be taken up for thorough discussion at the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) three-day annual general conference from March 19.

However, there is no possibility of discussion over controversial Women Reservation Bill. The board spokesman Qasim Rasool Ilyas told HT on Wednesday “it is not on the agenda of the meeting”.

Ever since its establishment in 1972 the AIMPLB, an apex body of Muslims incorporating all sects, will be holding its first annual session in Lucknow.

The Assistant General Secretary Abdur Rahim Quereshi told HT over phone “focus would be on Liberhan commission report and Communal violence Bill”.

However, Ilyas said that the Bill was unacceptable in its present form and the board would come out with some suggestions over the issue. He said the Bill, already cleared by the UPA Cabinet, would not be able safeguard the interest of the community.

On Babri Masjid issue the board is likely to press for inclusion of all those 65 names indicted the Liberhan Commission report.

“The commission has proved beyond doubt that demolition was result of a conspiracy, thus suitable changes should be made in CBI cases pending in Rai Bareli and Lucknow to name the other accused,” Ilyas said and added there should also be day-to-day hearing in Babri title suit pending the Lucknow bench of High Court.

Another issue likely to dominate the proceeding is “interference of judiciary” in Muslim Personal Law matters. Ilyas said during the last one year various courts in the county had delivered judgments, which were against the personal law.

“If the trend continues Muslim Personal Law would be killed without introducing uniform civil code,” Ilyas said. The BJP has long been demanding common civil code in the country.

Quereshi said the conference would begin with the presidential address of board chief Maulana Rabe Hasani Nadvi on March 19 and next day new executive committee would be elected. The board consisting of 251 members would also elect some new members in place of those whose three-year term has expired. On March 21 a public meeting has also been organized to apprise the people about decisions.