West Pakistan Waqf Properties Ordinance, 1959 was issued to establish a new department to maintain and regulate prominent shrines, mosques and other waqf properties. Accordingly, Auqaf & Religious Affairs Department started its working in 1960. In the year 1972, the department was made provincial subject. In the year of 1976, it was federalized but finally in the year of 1979, it was again provincialized. The governing law followed by the department is Punjab Waqf Properties Ordinance, 1979.
The department is headed by the Minister Auqaf & Religious Affairs. The administrative head of the department is Secretary / Chief Administrator Auqaf.
Below mentioned institutions / bodies are administered by the department:
- Punjab Auqaf Organization
- Muthidda Ulema Board
- Quran Board
- Punjab Institute of Quran & Seerat Studies