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Amid growing differences Central Wakf Council to meet today

Thursday July 07, 2011 11:38:28 AM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: Amid growing differences between the government and the community leaders on the proposed Wakf amendment bill, the Central Wakf Council would be holding its 57th meeting in New Delhi July 07.


The meeting will be chaired by Minister of Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid,  a government official said.


The Central Wakf Council as a Statutory Body was established in December, 1964 by the Government of India under the provision of Section 8A of Wakf Act, 1954 (now read as sub section 1 of the Section 9 of the Wakf Act, 1995) for the purpose of advising it on matters pertaining to working of the State Wakf Boards and proper administration of the Wakfs in the country.


The Council consists of Chairperson, who is the Union Minister Incharge of Wakfs and such other members not exceeding 20 in numbers appointed by Government of India as stipulated in the Act.


The Council was recently reconstituted in May 2011.


The list of the members of the reconstituted Council is as follows:
1. Shakil Ahmad Syed, 2. Maulana Mohd. Wali Rahmani, 3. Yusuff Ali M.A., 4. Prof. (Dr.) Qamar Rahman, 5. Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, 6. Syed Gulam Afzal Biabani, 7. Justice S. Haider Abbas Raza, 8. Dr. Syed Shah Khusro Hussaini, 9. Dr. (Mrs.) Zeenat Shaukt Ali, 10. Farook Mahmood, 11. Mohd. Rizwan Ansari, 12. Mrs. Yasmin Ahmed, 13. E.T. Mohammed Basheer, 14. Prof. Saif-ud-Din Soz, 15. Tariq Anwar, 16. M. Iqbal A. Shaikh, 17. Maulana Mohammed Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi, and 18. Dr. Zahoor Mohammad Khan.


The last meeting of the Council was held on January 13, 2010. Since then the government and the Muslim community leaders have indulged in heated debate over some of the clauses proposed in the Wakf Amendment Bill mainly the Wakf Development Agency. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) - the highest Muslim body has even planned nationwide stir against the government policies on wakf.







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