with father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
Bhopal: Saba, the elder
daughter of the late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, has become the
first woman to head the Awqaf-e-Shahi, becoming the patron of Waqf
properties in Bhopal and abroad worth over Rs.300 crore, an
official said Sunday.
Saba officially took charge of as Mutawali or patron of Waqf
properties spread out from Bhopal, including Bhopal's picturesque
Jama Masjid, to Saudi Arabia.
Ssaba was named the naib-mutawalli (deputy patron) by Mansoor Ali
Khan Pataudi in 2008.
Keeping in mind the religious sensitivity, he had preferred Saba as
his deputy. His other two children, Saif Ali Khan and Soha, belong
to the film industry.
Tiger Pataudi died on Sep 22 in Delhi.
The chairman of Waqf Board, Ghufran Azam, confirmed that a letter
has been sent by Saba and received by him in which she claimed the
post, and the board members have accepted it.
Saba becomes the first woman head of the Awqaf-e-Shahi - since the
end of princely rule - to govern religious properties.
Saba will have special discretionary powers to sanction free
lodging at the Rubat in Makkah and Medina. The Makkah Rubat near
the Kaaba, considered the House of God by Muslims, is one of the
most sought-after accommodations during Haj.
Together, the two buildings can house approximately 300 Hajis, who
are not charged for their stay. The properties are managed by the
Indian consulate in Saudi Arabia.