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Iraq: Prominent Shiite leader calls for return of houses snatched from Christians


Muqtada al Sadr

A radical Iraqi Shiite leader calls for return of houses belonging to Christians.

According to details, Iraq’s radical Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr who is a cleric turned politician has urged that the houses of Christians snatched from them be returned to them. Muqtada al-Sadr has joined hands with various members of the Iranian parliament along with local Christian associations who are raising voices against the phenomenon of illegal stealing of houses and properties belonging to country’s Christians.

The charlatans illegally take possession of houses and properties of Christians by gaining forged approval from government officials claiming that the original Christian owner of the property has left the country and would not return. In this scam, some of the local government officials are also involved who issue forged ownership letters to these scammers. Due to rising incidents of this widespread scam, the government of Iraq has been urged to take action to curb the issuance of forged certificates of ownerships.

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After Mautada al-Sadr’s appeal in favour of the Christians, a former immigration minister of Iraq who himself is a Christian, Pascale Warda has expressed appreciation and thankfulness for the Shi’ite leader’s stance on this issue. Pascale Warda who had been a part of the first intermediary government after the fall of Saddam Hussain’s regime, also urged all the Iraqis to stand in support of the stance regarding illegal stealing of Christians’ houses, maintained by Muqtada al-Sadr.

Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, was once known as “the most dangerous man in Iraq,” has resorted to moderate speech over the span of past few years. According to Iraq’s news agency, “In the past few years, al-Sadr has re calibrated his politics and adopted an Iraqi-first approach that transcends sub national sectarian interests and could in fact help to heal the rifts in Iraq.” Although he had been a key figure in fight against the foreign invasion in Iraq.