In a startling revelation, the government has said that encroachment of waqf properties has increased dramatically in recent years, with more than 2,000 cases of encroachment being registered in the last one and a half years. Assuring that such encroachments will not be tolerated, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said today that strict action will be taken against people and entities that are illegally occupying waqf properties. While addressing the media at the 76th meeting of the Central Waqf Council, Naqvi said, “More than 2,000 criminal cases have been filed over the past one-and-half years. We want to free these properties from the clutches of mafias no matter how strong they are.”
Naqvi said that in most cases of encroachment, there was criminal conspiracy between the mafia and the waqf board members. Naqvi said that the government wants to protect the waqf board properties since they are important for the socio-economic-educational empowerment of minorities. Naqvi also talked about the various steps taken by the government to protect waqf properties such as digitization of property records, a dedicated complaints redressal mechanism, etc.