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BATLA: Chairperson of the Waqf Development Committee of Union Ministry of Minority Affairs (Government of India) Dr Darakhshan Andrabi paid obeisance at Batala Sharief Shrine, lead a peace march and addressed a public gathering of minority Muslim community.  The gathering was organized by Batala Sharief Shrine Management Committee which was attended by Punjab Waqf authorities and prominent Muslim leaders of the area. Chairman of the Shrine Management Committee Peer Mohammad Maqbool Naqshbandi presented the welcome address in which he presented a detailed report of the issues of the minority community in the state.

Dr Andrabi also held a brief meeting of the State Waqf authorities about Shrines Management in the state. In her address Dr Darakhshan Andrabi said that she was happy with the management of the shrine and the mosque-complex at Batala Sharief. She said that it was the need of the hour to take all steps to educate the youth from minority community to ensure an at par social status of minorities in the country. She praised the state Waqf Board of Punjab for their efforts in the field of education and medical facilities. Dr Andrabi said that those who have wasted more than sixty decades of the country in mere verbal appeasement of the Muslim Community are not even ashamed of sermonizing on secularism in India.

She said, “Muslims in India have been sentimentally exploited for more than six decades for votes only and left to extreme poverty, illiteracy and economic backwardness. The present government does not believe in sloganeering but actually translating the mission of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas into reality at ground level. The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs is working honestly on the mission of educating and empowering the minorities in India through different schemes.” Dr Darakhshan said that thousands of criminal cases have been registered throughout the country for encroaching or misappropriating the Waqf properties and funds by politicians and Waqf executives of the past. She assured the gathering that all those guilty of exploiting the minority community and those who have looted the community of their rights will be dealt with very seriously.