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Shia Waqf Board chief demands probe into AIMPLB

After accusing it of having links with terror groups in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi called for a ban on the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board and a probe into its credentials.

lucknow Updated: Feb 13, 2018 12:55 IST
Tariq Khan
Tariq Khan
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Shia Waqf Board,AIMPLB,Wasim Rizvi
Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi.(HT File Photo)

After accusing it of having links with terror groups in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi on Monday called for a ban on the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and a probe into its credentials.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rizvi said the AIMPLB, a non-government organisation, had rejected the proposal by Muslim clerics to broker peace on Ayodhya dispute.

“It will be in the national interest to carry out an inquiry into the radical ideology being propagated by it. The NGO’s registration should be cancelled and a ban should be imposed on it,” said Rizvi, referring to the charges leveled against AIMPLB by ousted member Maulana Salman Nadvi.

Soon after he was sacked on Sunday, Nadvi alleged that the Board had been “hijacked by hardliners”.

“Maulana Salman Nadvi has been thrown out by the organisation because he supported the proposal mooted by the Shia Board to shift the mosque away from the disputed site in Ayodhya,” Rizvi said.

The Nadwa cleric had allegedly stoked a controversy last year when he wrote a letter extending support to the chief of Islamic State of Iraq Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.

“The personal law board did not take any action against him at that time. Now, when he has supported the construction of Ram temple on the disputed land in Ayodhya, he has been expelled from AIMPLB,” Rizvi said.

He added that the organisation had also come out openly in support of TV evangelist and Islamic preacher Zakir Naik when he was declared a threat to the country.

Earlier, Rizvi had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding a ban on madarsas as they were being used to aid terror activities.

First Published: Feb 13, 2018 12:55 IST