Create schools, hospitals on 5-acre Ayodhya plot: Salim Khan

Create schools, hospitals on 5-acre Ayodhya plot: Salim Khan (Eds: Adds Javed Akhtar's tweet) Mumbai, Nov 10 (PTI) Veteran screenwriter Salim Khanon Sunday reacted to Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict byclaiming Muslims should set up schools and hospitals insteadof a mosque on the 5-acre plot given to the community as perthe apex court order.

Screenwriter Javed Akhtar, who along with Khan, formedthe legendary Salim-Javed pair, called for the construction ofa charitable hospital with contribution from people of allcommunities on the plot.

The Supreme Court in a unanimous verdict on Saturdaycleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at thedisputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

Khan (83), the co-writer of legendary movies likeSholay and Deewar, added it was good the issue had finallyended.

'Like a film, it has come to an end. It doesn't matterif you criticise it, call it good or whatever, it's the end.

This was going on for years and was long drawn, becoming morecomplicated than ever. The Supreme Court took time and gave averdict. You cannot go on about it now,' Khan told PTI.

'We have to offer namaz, but we can do it fromanywhere, in train, plane, while travelling. All we need is aclean place. We don't need a masjid for that. Today's priorityis schools, colleges, hospitals. We must look into that,' headded.

'We must build schools, hospitals and colleges on thefive-acre land. Our tall leaders will come from educationalinstitutions. In fact the first chapter of our Holy Bookfocuses on the importance of education,' Khan stated.

He said the film industry did not have good writersbecause 'no one reads books here anymore', stressing that 'weneed to change this'.

His former writing partner Javed Akhtar tweeted, 'Itwould be really nice if those who get the 5 acres ascompensation decide to make a big charitable hospital on thatland sponsored and supported by the people all thecommunities.' PTI JUR BNM NSK BNMNSK NSK