SRINAGAR: Dozens of employees of the Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board on Wednesday held a protest demonstration in Srinagar against the sudden resignation of the Board’s Vice Chairman.
The employees from Srinagar and other districts of the Valley requested the state’s chief minister to not accept their VC’s resignation.
The Vice Chairman of the Waqf board, Peer Mohammad Hussain, tendered his resignation on Tuesday without citing any concrete reason. He had been appointed to his chair in 2015.
A day earlier, on Monday, Hussain had addressed the media in his Srinagar office and stated that the Waqf Board was on the path of “revival”.
His resignation just a day after his first interaction with the media about the performance of the Waqf and a planned revival of rates had raised a number of questions.
As per Waqf employees, Hussain called a meeting in his office on Tuesday afternoon and disclosed that he has tendered his resignation, citing personal reasons.
“His resignation is a blow to our department. In his two years of time, Waqf was completely changing towards betterment,” said Nazir Ahmad Sofi, an employee who was protesting in Press Colony, Srinagar, along with other employees.
“We request the chief minister that his resignation should not be accepted. He was perhaps facing political pressure,” another employee told Kashmir Reader.
“Either there is political pressure or there is something else. But he should not have resigned. It is a turning point for us,” Nazir said.
When contacted, Hussain remained tight-lipped but said that he will reveal the reasons for his resignation at an appropriate time.
On being asked if he was compelled to step down, Hussain retorted, “No one in J&K has guts or authority to compel me to step down.”