Srinagar: On the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the infamous ‘Operation Jamia Masjid’, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Thursday that desecration of religious places, especially masjid, was a means to deliberately hurt people’s sentiments, demoralise them , and take revenge against them for daring to stand up against illegal occupation.
In a statement, Mirwaiz said that the Jamia Masjid of Srinagar was the most powerful symbol of Kashmiri resistance, earlier against Dogra rule and after 1947 against the Indian occupation.
“From its pulpit, the voice for justice and fulfillment of people’s political will and aspirations has always been raised, even in the harshest of circumstances. That is why it is the most targeted by the authorities,” he said.
“Twenty seven years ago, the ruling class desecrated Jamia Masjid to try silence Shaheed-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq, just like they had attempted earlier in 1965 but had failed even then. A bold and fearless leader like the late Mirwaiz could not be cowed down by such tactics,” Farooq said.
Since then, Farooq said, the desecration of religious places had continued, including of Dargah Hazratbal, Chrar-e-Sharief, Khanqah-e-Faiz Panah Tral, Dastgeer Sahab, and now even religious places of Sikhs were being desecrated.
Appealing to people to follow the programme given by the resistance leaders in letter and spirit, Farooq urged them to make the ‘Eidgah Chalo’ call on Friday a success with discipline and unity.
The Hurriyat (M) spokesman in a separate statement condemned the raids by police at the APHC headquarters at Rajbagh for a third time. He said this was only being done to harass the Hurriyat chairman, leaders, office bearers and workers.