SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Sunday asked the state administration to explain the purpose of the “mysterious and strange” survey conducted by the police and army, wherein people are asked for their “sectarian” identity.
The conglomerate also appealed people to write “Muslim” in the column provided for “Sect” in the survey, to “send a message to India that it can no longer divide us in the name of sects”.
“The administrative departments must immediately explain the purpose of this strange survey as to why government is interested in knowing the people’s sect,” a Hurriyat (G) spokesman said in a statement issued here, adding, “People will otherwise boycott this survey and will not cooperate in filling up the form.”
The spokesman said in cities and towns, police has been allotted to conduct the survey but in villages and far flung areas, it is formally monitored by Indian army. “Army personnel visit every house there. They not only fill up the said form but also harass people by asking them strange and unwanted questions.”
“The survey is no less than a terrible lesson for those shortsighted and immature Molvis who are fuelling the sectarian differences among people. The groups or persons, who are calling people towards the Deobandi, Barelvi or Salafi, are helping the enemies and those promoting Shia-Sunni differences are implementing their plans,” he said.
The spokesman said, “Even the enemy has identified that Kashmiris can be divided in the name of sects and that their attention can be diverted from the freedom struggle by engaging them in such activities.”