‘Situation for Muslims in Jammu has turned worse’

Srinagar: Dukhtaran-e-Millat president Asiya Andrabi on Friday expressed concern over the situation in Jammu region even as she paid tributes to two Hizb militants killed in a gunfight at Shopian on Thursday.
“The situation is alarming and the Muslims are threatened after Hindutva forces took out a rally showing swords and firearm weapons,” Asiya said in a statement here.
“Although the Muslims of Jammu have been complaining for long that they are being threatened and treated as second class citizens, the things have worsened after the Hindutva fanatics took out a rally on Thursday, brandishing weapons,” she said.
“It was astonishing to note that the police, instead of stopping them from brandishing swords and guns and shouting anti-Islam and other provocative slogans, encouraged the saffron brigade by escorting the objectionable rallies,” Asiya said, adding, “It was clear that even the police force was with the Hindutva forces and if any untoward happens with the Muslims they will have nowhere to go for seeking help.”
Paying tribute to the two slain Hizb militants, she said one of them, Irshad Ahmad, was not only an Aalim and orator but was a degree holder in computer sciences.
“The boys could make bright worldly careers but they preferred to have a good life hereafter and wanted to end the occupation. We feel content to believe that the movement is in right hands,” she said.