Muslims rally to keep Waqf lands safe from grabbers
Charminar: Movement For Protection of Waqf Problems, a body put together by ulemas, scholars and intellectuals, undertook a signature campaign on Friday to remove encroachments from Waqf properties across the state. Hundreds participated in the campaign, urging people to make it a success to safeguard and reclaim Waqf properties.
“The purpose of the signature campaign is to raise voice against encroachment of Waqf properties. In 1996, the state Waqf board was about to turned into a commissionerate, but the process came to a halt due to intervention of certain land grabbers.
Unfortunately, nothing has been done so far. So, we have come out to remind this government to fulfil its promise and remove illegal occupants from Waqf properties,” said Sanaullah Khan, chairman, SC, ST, Muslim group.
Maulana Syed Hamid Hussain Shuttari, president, Sunni Ulema Board, said that the Telangana government has gone back on its words, as it had assured the Muslim community to protect Waqf properties. “We want the ruling party to make sure judicial power to TSWB is on par with the endowment,” said Maulana Syed Hamid Hussain Shuttari, president, Sunni Ulema Board.
Maulana Syed Tariq Quadri, general secretary Sufi Academy and Advocates, Mohammed Afzal and Asad Ali said that the main agenda of the drive was to protect Waqf lands. “We have a single point agenda in this regard and we have been demanding the state government to ensure judicial power to
TSWB and make it into a commissionarate without further delay,” said advocate Mohammed Afzal.
Earlier, the police did not allow them to organise a signature campaign near Mecca Masjid due to security reasons.