The Shia Central Waqf Board, Uttar Pradesh, told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that a mosque can be built in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi site, according to media reports.
In its affidavit, the board said, “Masjid can be located in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the Shree Ram birthplace. Since Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf, we alone are entitled to negotiate and arrive at a peaceful settlement with other stakeholders.”
It added: “If the Ram temple and mosque co-exist, it will lead to conflicts.”Apart from this, the board has sought time from the apex court to set up a committee to explore an amicable settlement of the Ayodhya dispute.
In 1992, right wing activists razed the 16th-century Babri mosque, claiming it was built on a Hindu temple marking the birthplace of Lord Ram. It marked a turning point in Indian political history and continues to remain a sensitive issue decades later.