Cheques given to prayer leaders, Kalash qazis

Ismailis left out of govt’s honorarium for prayer leaders

CHITRAL: Cheques were distributed among prayer leaders of mosques, qazis of Kalash and Christian community’s religious leaders at Town Hall here on Tuesday. However, the Ismaili community was ignored in the distribution of honorarium. 

Though the population of Kalash and the Christian communities is too negligible in Chitral, the second largest Ismaili community has been left out and discriminated against by the government in allocation of the monthly stipend.

Cheques for Rs10,000 each were handed over to 409 prayer leaders of mosques, 73 Kalash qazis and two Christian fathers at the function attended by chief minister’s special assistant Wazirzada Kalash and local PTI leaders.

Speaking on the occasion,  District Bar Association Lower Chitral President Niaz A. Niazi said Mukhis or Qazis of the Ismaili community’s Jamat Khanas should also be given the stipend announced by the government.

It may be noted that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government decided to grant honorarium to prayer leaders of mosques across the province from July 1, 2021.

Around 22,000 prayer leaders will be granted monthly honorarium of Rs10,000 each. The provincial government will spend an amount of Rs23 million per month and Rs2.5 billion per annum on the scheme.

—Muhkam Uddin Ayuni 




5 Replies to “Ismailis left out of govt’s honorarium for prayer leaders”

  1. اور وزیر زدہ صاحب چترال میں جس ہم اہنگی کی بات کرتا ہے وہ چترال سے باہر ہے اور کیلاش ویلی میں مخلیف ہے۔ اپنے سیاسی فائدے کے لئے یہ ایک خوبصورت تصویر دیکھا دیتا ہے لیکن کیلاش ویلی میں جسطرح کیلاش لوگوں کے ساتھ مذہب اور روایات کے نام پر امتیاز ہوجاتا ہے اس کا ذمہ دار اگر یہ نہیں لیکن جو تصویر وہ پیش کر رہا ہے وہ اندر اسطرح نہِیں ہے وہ تشویشناک ہے

  2. There is no question of need. Yes the Ismaili qazi and mukhi sahiban don’t need. Are they paid by their organization. Butthey are honarary service givers. But here the question is the government intentionally ignored them which is not good for harmony.

  3. Isn’t it insult for a religious leader to receive monetary assistance from a non muslim when he does not need that paltry mount of 10 k. rupees.

    Imtiaz Booni

  4. Gul jee is right. However, government’s encouragement should also extend to the volunteer workers as well. At least the Qazis deserve this honorarium because their workload is heavey while their salaries are very nominal. The Mukhis and kamdias don’t need any worldly reward.

  5. I personally think so that Ismaili community Mukhis or Alwaizeen dont need this money, because Ismaili believes Voluntary services is totally free of cost for the jamat, Communities among they live and Institutions is mandatory by the Imam- of- the- time. We got much much more value and appreciation for those Volunteers more then this 10 thousand rupees .Ismaili is the only Community in the Muslim Ummah holding this Unique Islamic tradition of helping each others from centuries. We salute those Mukies, kamadiyas, Alwaizeen , and general volunteers for their remarkable services for humanity from time to time in different capacities and different areas.we cant weight their services with 10 thousand rupees.

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