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Altaf Bukhari expresses concern over Waqf Board’s ‘hasty decision’ to ban traditional donation collecting system 

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Says, reforms, if needed, should be done only after having consultations with experts and stakeholders

Srinagar: Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari has expressed his concern over Waqf Board’s decision to remove the caretakers (Muttawalis) and impose a ban on donation collection in J&K shrines. 

He termed the Waqf Board’s decision as “an initiative taken in haste”.

According to a statement issued here, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said, “I am surprised over the Waqf Board’s decision to impose a ban on the traditional system of donation collections at the shrines and put an end to the institution of Sajjada Nashin in these revered places.”

“Apparently, the board has taken such a big decision without having consultations and deliberations with the stakeholders,” he added.

Apni Party President urged the Waqf Board to hold its decision to pave a way for extensive consultation on it. He said, “No one must have any objection if reforms are needed. But, given the religious and cultural sensitivity of the issue, initiatives must be taken after deliberations and consultations with the concerned stakeholders.”

Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said that the institution of Sajjada Nashini and the traditional donation collection system at the shrines is a centuries-old practice, which should not be revoked overnight.

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