Kashmir Economic Alliance Chairperson (KEA) Muhammad Yaseen Khan on Wednesday asked Governor’s administration not to interfere in the matters related to Wakf. The spokesman in a statement said that J&K Muslim Wakf Board belongs to the majority community of Jammu and Kashmir and any interference with it will be strongly dealt.
Khan who also heads Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) expressed his resentment over reports of proposed amendments in Muslim Specified Wakf Act 2004 envisaged by the present Governor administration. He said that any such idea is horrifying as this is timed with the cynical discourse of tinkering with special laws protecting specific interests of the Muslim community.
Khan said It has been the objective of Wakf Act to respect the sentiments of Muslims and give them statutory protection to sustain their faith and resources with full regard to their religious sensitivities, tradition, and heritage.
“Traders have been the regular contributors to the Wakf as devotees and also the huge number of tenants including Shopkeepers, Hoteliers, Employees are the legitimate stakeholders of this religious and cultural institutions”, Khan said.
Khan said, “the whole lot feels disturbed as in past days of Governors rule apparently no respect has been shown to specific interests of the institution.
The institution has receded into mismanagement in absence of lawful control and authority, the stakeholders are hurt groaning under losses both at the individual level and at the institutional level”.
The Trade community is anguished over the fact that Board is not being taken into account for any of the affairs which are overriding the law and statue and goes against the basic ethics of protecting community rights”, Khan said.
Khan said the business community is keenly watching the developments in the Wakf board and any such attempt which can demean the board will not be tolerated.