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J&K Waqf Board divests local Auqaf committees of all powers

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Srinagar: J&K Waqf Board has said that all local Auqaf committees from now on will have no legal effect or standing in Jammu and Kashmir.

Chief Executive Officer J&K Waqf Board issued an order on December 17 stating that the Board has taken overall control of all shrines and other properties in Jammu and Kashmir, and all the local Waqf or Auqaf committees shall be deemed as void ab-initio throughout J&K.

“In pursuance to Waqf Act, 1995 extended to Jammu & Kashmir (UT) with the constitution of new J&K Waqf Board has taken overall control of all the shrines including other assets/properties under the Muslim Specified Waqf in whole UT of Jammu & Kashmir,” the order said.

It said that no association/self-styled local Auqaf committee/Management have any legal standing under the provisions of the Central Waqf Act, 1995.

“No such committee has any kind of registration of validation from J&K Waqf Board,” the order said.

“It is hereby notified that all the local Waqf/Auqaf committees shall be deemed as void ab-initio throughout J&K and any kind of interference by such local Waqf committees be reckoned illegal and will invite action under law…” it said.

“Therefore, all government departments and the general public are informed that any communication of any such local committee at any Waqf unit may not be entertained. This order is issued to ensure a smooth, systematic, transparent and legally viable management system at all the Waqf units throughout Jammu and Kashmir,” it said.

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