SRINAGAR: Various pro-freedom parties and religious groups Friday held protests against the publishing of blasphemous cartoons in a French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Yasin Malik detained
Police arrested JKLF chairman Yasin Malik from his Miasuma residence as he was scheduled to lead a protest rally against the blasphemous cartoons. He has been lodged at police station Kothibagh.
Later on, in a statement, Malik while condemning the publication of the sketches said that Muslims can never tolerate any attack on the honor and dignity of beloved Prophet SAW.
Earlier, police used force to break up anti-France procession led by JKLF senior leader Advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat at Bohri Kadal. The police action on the procession, witnesses said, triggered violent clashes at Bohri Kadal, Khankah-e-Moulla, Shamaswari, Fateh Kadal and other adjacent areas.
“Police and CRPF also used batons and burst tear smoke shells to disperse a protest demonstration at Habba Kadal. The clashes continued for over two hours,” Bashir Ahmad Khan said.
JKLF activists also took out a peaceful rally from Mandir Bagh, which concluded peacefully.
Hurriyats, JKLF holds protest rallies
Hurriyat (G) took out a protest rally to denounce the publication of the blasphemous cartoons.
Condemning the act, chairman Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani said that Muslims from all over the world were protesting against the blasphemous sketches of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). “It is giving a message to the whole world that we the Muslims can’t tolerate any insult of our beloved Prophet of Islam (SAW) and for this we can sacrifice our lives,” he said.
He added that print and electronic media houses of the world were run by Zionist forces. “In a well planned way they are provoking the Muslims of the world. They want to prove the Muslims as intolerant and extremists. They are the experts of hatching conspires against their opponents. It is our religious duty to protest against these stupid acts but our protests should be very disciplined and peaceful,” he added.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while condemning the publishing of the blasphemous sketches said it was media terrorism against the Muslims and Islam. “We must unite to defeat those forces. Such sacrilegious publications under the garb of freedom of expression were spreading religious hatred across the globe thus disturbing the world peace,” he said.
“Instead of responding violently to the incident, the Muslims should adopt the teachings of prophet Muhammad (SAW) regarding humanity and welfare and set an example before the world,” he added.
Senior Hurriyat (M) leaders Zafar Akbar Bhat and Javiad Ahmad Mir were placed under house detection here on Friday.
Senior Hurriyat Conference JK leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah and Nayeem Ahmad Khan while commenting on the issue said that Muslims can tolerate anything but not the blasphemy. “Such provocations have become a habit of the organizations like Charlie Hebdo because they are earning huge economic benefits out of such acts,” they said in a joint statement.
Provocation, violence equally condemnable: NC
National Conference Friday termed the intentional hurting of Muslims sentiments as unacceptable and said such tendencies aim to spread disaffection and turmoil in the world.
In a statement,. NC General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said while freedom of expression is a right it also comes with sensitive responsibilities towards fellow human-beings. “From what we are seeing – the tendency to provoke and hurt Muslims through blasphemous content is becoming a serious threat to peace. It is very important that in all such cases, both provocation and violence should be condemned unequivocally,” he said.