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J&K Waqf Board

Admitting that irregularities are taking place, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Waqf Board, which looks after shrines and other Muslim properties in the valley, has said some cases have been handed over to the Crime Branch for investigation. “I have found many cases of irregularities and misconduct in the Board which is a national property of the valley’s Muslims,” M Y Qadri, Board’s vice-chairman told media, September 5. Qadri said some employees were scuttling steps aimed at weeding out corruption at different levels. “But the Board wouldn’t desist from taking severe action against employees indulging in malpractices.”

He said that lion’s share from offerings by devotees at shrines goes into Mujawirs’ (attendants at shrines) kitty. Making public assets of Waqf Board, second largest asset body after the state government, he said it owns 1453 shops, 2160 kanals of orchard land, 99 kanals of paddy land, 242 kanals of Malyari land, 6840 kanals of forest land, 32 kanals of marshy land and 630 kanals of Idgah. Pertinently, some media-reports suggested the Board was selling cemeteries through underhand deals.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2012 on page no. 15

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