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Wakf Board fails to secure oldest graveyard of Malkhah Srinagar
Encroachers reduces 1300 kanals of land to few hundreds
2/20/2020 10:31:19 PM
S TAHIR-UL HAQ
EARLY TIMES REPORT

SRINAGAR, Feb 20: The Wakf Board and authorities at the helm of affairs have failed to retrieve the graveyard land from land mafias as well as the encroachers who have reduced the oldest graveyard to few hundred kanals in Malkhah area of the summer capital of Srinagar.
According to sources that, Malkhah was being considered as the city’s biggest and one of the oldest graveyard in the summer capital of Srinagar, adding Malkhah lies in the downhills of the Kohimaran or famous sufi saint of Kashmir valley, Sheikh Hamza Makdhoom Sahib (RA) popularly known as Sultan-e Airifeen.
Malkhah is a famous graveyard in Srinagar city, but unfortunately this graveyard has been reduced to few hundred kanals now by the land grabbers, the land mafias have sold this historic land to different people worth crores, otherwise this graveyard was spread over about 1300 kannals as for my knowledge is concerned, sources informed early Times.
Sources said that, for all these cheap activities the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Waqf Board (JKMWB) should be held responsible, otherwise it was their prime duty to look after the properties that comes under their jurisdiction.
“One can see the big colonies, the shopping complexes and tall buildings have been set up in and around this area, many times in the recent past the locals of Khaniyar and Nowhata area expressed their resentment against the concerned authorities for failing to maintain the sanctity of the historic place, but the departments concerned are hardly bothered about the emotions and aspirations of Muslim community at large”, said sources.
They said that, the land brokers are hand in glue with few people in the department concerned due to which people are worried about their future generations, as graveyard has been encroached over the years and administration is acting as mute spectator.
If the authorities couldn’t open their eyes at this moment, the time will come when one could hardly bury their near and dear ones in this oldest graveyard due to non-availability of space, and for all this the general public is to some extent themselves responsible who have allowed the JKMWB to take care of the properties of Muslims across J&K.
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