Babri Masjid – Shia Waqf board says Ram Mandir can be built at disputed site and Mosque to be built at distance

In a new twist to the Babri Masjid Ram Janambhoomi issue, the UP Shia Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB) has filed an affidavit at the Supreme Court on Tuesday suggesting the temple be built at the disputed site and mosque should be built in Muslim-dominated area at reasonable distance.

The affidavit follows on a decision by the Shia board late last month to stake claim to the Ayodhya site. On 28 July, Shia Central Waqf Board has decided to stake its claim to the disputed site in Ayodhya. The decision to move court laying claim to the disputed property in the temple town was taken at a two-day meeting of the board, which concluded on Thursday.

The Shia board in recent affidavit filed said, the Sunni board has no stake in the case since the mosque was a Shia property. “And only Shia Central Waqf Board, UP is entitled to negotiate and arrive at a peaceful settlement with other remaining stake holders,” it said.

Zafaryab Jilani from Babri Masjid Action Committee disregarded the Shia Waqf Board affidavit filed in Supreme court saying it doesn’t have any value in law.

The affidavit also mention that proximity of “place of worships should be avoided in as much as both denominations using loudspeakers tend to disturb religious performance of each other often leading to conflicts and acrimony”.

“And to bring a quietus to the issue, masjid can be located in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Ram.”

In its affidavit, the board made it clear that it favours a peaceful solution to the dispute.