‘UP Govt supporting him to create division’: Shia board seeks arrest of Waseem Rizvi

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The All-India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) has Waseem Rizvi, for blasphemy, disruption of peace, law and order, IANS reported.

The board also sought a ban on Rizvi’s speeches, writings and disrespectful activities against the Quran and Prophet Muhammad. It further sought termination of Rizvi’s waqf board membership.

The AISPLB spokesman said, “It appears the UP government is supporting Rizvi by not taking any action against him.”

AISPLB president Maulana Syed Saim Mehdi appealed to all members across the country to hold demonstrations against Rizvi on 16 November in their districts.

“Why does the government remain silent when Rizvi disturbs peace in the state and country. The government arrests people on minor law and order issues, but Rizvi has been off the hook even though several FIRs are lodged against him. If the government maintains silence, it will be responsible for whatever happens next,” said Maulana Saim.

Board member Maulana Zaheer Iftekhari said, “The government is not acting against Rizvi because he is supported by communal forces. Since UP elections are near, all possibilities of creating divisions are being explored.”

Meanwhile, the much-awaited election for the post of UP Shia Central Waqf Board chairperson will be held on 15 November.

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