Srinagar: The Kashmir Economic Alliance has expressed serious concern over what it called the systematic disappearance of Muslim officials from important official positions in the civil secretariat.
In a statement, KEA chairman Mohammad Yasin Khan said, “As a part of anti-Muslim conspiracies prevalent across India, Muslims are being subjected to discrimination and abuse of sorts.
While a Muslim policeman was abused, beaten up and dragged by RSS goons in Maharashtra, Muslim officials are being kept away from important posts in the civil secretariat in under a somewhat similar plan,” Khan said.
“From the top chair of bureaucracy to the HODs, it is the non-Muslim officials who are calling the shots in this Muslim-majority state,” Khan said.
“Dwellings of poor Gujjar Muslims were burnt in Sarore recently only because this community had no voice in the bureaucracy which could have pleaded their case on humanitarian grounds rather than having allowed the execution of Saffron agenda in the state,” said Khan, adding, “what happened in Sarore is the tip of the iceberg.”
Khan said, like the PDP-BJP coalition government, governor NN Vohra “seems to be running the same agenda of hidden forces”.
“While the previous regime started ignoring capable Muslim officials, the worst has come true by the recent transfers ordered by the governor wherein Muslim officials had been distanced from the decision-making,” he said.
Khan said officials like Syed Kifayat Hussain Rizvi and Farooq Ahmed Shah were “transferred at a time when they were needed the most.”
Maintaining that the KEA was not against any community and desires communal harmony in the state, Khan said the discrimination with the Muslims was intolerable and “the people of this state were being pushed toward a decisive battle to make their presence felt.”