"Even AIMPLB (All India Muslim Personal Law Board) cannot give (the mosque)," Owaisi said.

Babri Masjid issue Nobody can give away a mosque says Owaisi on Shia Waqf Board standFile photo
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AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday said that no individual or organisation can "give" away mosques as Allah is their rightful owner.

Owaisi made the statement, days after the Shia Waqf Board told the apex court that the Babri Masjid could be built at a distance from the disputed site in Ayodhya.

"Masjids can be managed by Shia, Sunni, Barelvi, Sufi, Deobandi, Salafi, Bohri but they are not the owners. Allah is the owner," the Hyderabad MP tweeted, in an obvious reaction to Shia Waqf Board's latest stand.

"Even AIMPLB (All India Muslim Personal Law Board) cannot give (the mosque)," added Owaisi.

"Masjids cannot be given just because one Maulana says so. Allah is the owner not a Maulana. Once a Masjid always a Masjid," said the MP.

He tweeted that the Supreme Court, which is hearing the title suit, will decide on the basis of evidence.

The Shia Board had told the apex court on August 8 that a mosque can be built in a Muslim area at a reasonable distance from the site of the temple-mosque dispute.

Claiming that that the Babri mosque site was its property, the Shia Board said it was entitled to hold negotiations.

In March this year, virtually ruling out an out-of-court settlement of the Ayodhya dispute as suggested by the Supreme Court, Owaisi said the case was about title.

"Please remember Babri Masjid case is about title which the Allahabad High Court wrongly decided as a Partnership case. Hence the appeal in apex court," he tweeted.

Owaisi is a member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which had challenged in the Supreme Court the 2010 verdict of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court directing that the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmbhoomi disputed site be divided into three parts.

The court had directed that the 2.77-acre disputed land be divided in three parts - two parts to Hindu organisations and the remaining to the Muslims.

The AIMPB, the apex body of Indian Muslims, termed the High Court verdict as "unacceptable", saying it was based on faith and not on evidence.

Describing the judgement as "strange and surprising" the Supreme Court had on May 9, 2011 stayed it.

At the time, Owaisi also expressed ‘hope’, that the Supreme Court would decide the other cases pending since the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992.

"I hope Supreme Court decides the contempt petition pending since 1992. Waiting to hear about whether conspiracy charges will be held against (BJP leaders LK) Advani, (Murali Manohar) Joshi, Uma Bharati in Babri demolition case," he had said.
 

 

IANS inputs

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