Lucknow: The All India Babri Masjid Action Committee (AIBMAC) convener Zafaryab Jilani has rejected the appeal by a group of eminent Muslims to hand over the disputed 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya to the Supreme Court as a goodwill gesture, saying they have no say in the matter.
Zafaryab Jilani said on Friday, “I know Lt Gen Zamir Shah but who else knows him? Who are they to offer the Ayodhya land as a gesture of goodwill? Does the larger Muslim population know anything about them? I don’t know what their agenda is and I don’t care what they have to say in the matter. Not even 0.1 percent of Muslims know who they are.”
The forum comprising a cross-section of Muslims including retired bureaucrats, soldiers, lawyers, journalists, doctors, and businessmen, had, on Thursday, said that out-of-court settlement in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi dispute was the only solution that could make both Hindus and Muslims happy as no party would feel aggrieved.
The members accepted that they had no stake in the dispute but stated that they would submit a resolution to the Ayodhya mediation panel formed by the Supreme Court.
Jilani, however, snubbed the appeal request, and said, “They are just a group of retired government servants with no say in the matter”. Former Indian army deputy chief, Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah (retd) had said that after 40 years in the army, he had come to the conclusion that war could never offer any solution. He had also said that the Muslim community should realize that even if the court order was in their favor, they would not be able to construct a mosque on the spot. “In such a situation for lasting peace and saving the country from the communal holocaust, the Muslims should hand over the land to Hindus through the government of India,” he said. (IANS)