A number of Muslims representing social and political
organizations have demanded the resignation of Union Minister for
Minorities Affairs Salman Khurshid from the UPA Government and the
Congress party for his reported statement committing blasphemy
against the Holy Qur’an and rejecting the recommendations of the
Joint Parliamentary Committee, (JPC), on Waqf and the Sachar
A joint statement issued by these
Muslim intellectuals said that Mr. Salman Khurshid must quit the
Government due to the non-inclusion of vital recommendations of
the JPC and the Prime Minister's High Level Committee on Muslims (Sachar
Committee) in Waqf Amendment Bill 2010 drafted by his ministry.
The statement pointed out that Mr. Salman has reportedly said in
Chennai that Sachar Committee Report is not Holy Qur’an. This is
Earlier, in a letter to Zakat Foundation of India, Mr. Salman said
that the JPC on Waqf and the Sachar Committee cannot claim
monopoly to wisdom (though he did not mention that he is weighing
their wisdom against whose).
The statement wondered: “Does this
mean that the Congress and the UPA have been making fool of the
Muslims for five years in the garb of Sachar Committee Report?”
Also, by saying this Mr. Salman
Khurshid has opposed the Prime Minister and the Union Cabinet
which approved the Sachar Committee Report in 2007 and made the
Ministry of Minority Affairs as the nodal ministry to monitor its
implementation, the statement pointed out.
The statement stated that Mr. Salman Khurshid has also over-ruled
the pivotal recommendations of the JPC on Waqf without giving any
reasons thereof while presenting the Waqf Bill in Parliament.
Thus, he has violated the privileges of both the Houses of
Parliament by showing down the JPC on Waqfs and hiding his
non-compliance of JPC. He has gone against the Congress and UPA
policy regarding Muslim interests and against the collective
responsibility of the Central Government which is the cornerstone
of our sacred Constitution.
Thus, Mr. Salman Khurshid must resign from the Government and the
Congress, Muslims demanded.
Also, the Government, the Congress
and the UPA should clarify their position vis-à-vis Mr. Salman's
statement committing blasphemy against the Holy Qur’an and
rejecting the recommendations of the JPC on Waqf and the Sachar
Committee (most of which overlap).
The signatories to the statement included: 1. Dr Syed Zafar
Mahmood, President, Zakat Foundation of India, New Delhi; 2. Dr.
Zafrul Islam Khan, President, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat,
New Delhi; 3. Mr. Mujtaba Farooq, General Secretary,
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, New Delhi; 4. Maulana Mohammad Mukarram,
Shahi Imam, Masjid Fatehpuri, Delhi; 5. Mufti Fuzailur Rahman
Hilal Usmani, Mufti-e-Azam, Punjab & Shaikhul Jamia, Darussalam,
Maler Kotla, Punjab; 6. Mr. Ghayasuddin Babukhan, Chairman,
Hyderabad Zakat & Charitable Trust, Hyderabad; 7. Dr. Azimuddin,
Coordinator, Federation of Minorities NGOs of Maharashtra, Mumbai;
8. Mr. Haroon Mozawala and Ashfaq Vaid, Khair-e-Ummat Trust,
Mumbai; 9. Mr. Aftabuddin Sarkar, President, Federation of Muslim
Associations of West Bengal, Kolkata; 10. Mr. Anwar Premi, General
Secretary, Sir Syed Educational Group, Kolkata; 11. Major K.
Ibrahim, President, All-Kerala Council of College Principals,
Mallapuram, Kerala; 12. Dr. Iqtedar Farooqi, Secretary, Urdu
Scientific Society, Lucknow; 13. Adv. Sajid Siddiqui, President of
Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), Madhya Pradesh unit,
Bhopal and 14. Adv. Haji Haroon, President Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind,
Madhya Pradesh unit (Madani Group), Bhopal.