'Probe irregularities in Wakaf '

Greater Kashmir

Jammu, Mar 13: The opposition National Conference today leveled serious charges on government over what it called mismanagement of shrines and collapse of Waqaf Board and called for an inquiry commission to probe bungling and irregularities in Waqaf Board.
Raising the issue through a call attention motion in Legislative Assembly here, senior NC leader Ali Muhammad Sagar said that there has been misappropriation of funds and 125 employees have been recruited in violation of norms and regulations.
Responding to the question, the Minister for Hajj and Auqaf Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed said Waqaf was functioning smoothly and ruled out any mismanagement or collapse.
However, he said, the Chief Executive of the Waqaf Board GA Andrabi has resigned and the post vice-chairman was also vacant.
The answer evoked sharp reaction with opposition members speaking in unison calling for Inquiry Commission to probe irregularities and mismanagement in Waqaf Board. Sagar said Mafia was running Waqaf these days. Accusing government of political vendetta, he said government took over Auqaf to satisfy its ego and then miserably failed to run the Waqaf Board.
Dr Mahboob Beg said that government was insensitive towards the issue. He said government was not showing seriousness and was not coming forward to respond. “Because there are many people among them who have cases in Accountability Commission,” Dr Beg said while pointing towards treasury benches. He said as government has failed to respond to queries of the members and asked speaker to direct the government to order inquiry into the matter.
On this the Minister of Hajj and Auqaf Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed said the Chief Minister himself was chairman of the Waqaf Board and the Minister concerned has nothing to do with it. However, the answer failed to pacify the NC members who raised slogans in the House. Meanwhile, Mangat Ram Sharma stood and said he would respond on behalf of Revenue Minister as matter pertains to revenue. However, Dr. Beg said answer should come from the Minister for Auqaf and Hajj. The NC members said they would not listen from other people.
Later, the Speaker directed the government to look into the allegations.