Barelvis, Salafis, Jamaatis unite for ‘freedom’s cause’

ANANTNAG: Barelvis, Ahle-Hadees, Deobandis and Jamaat-e-Islami followers set aside their differences and organised a couple of conferences during the past six days, emulating unity efforts in the pro-freedom camp, to sent out the message that they stand united in the ongoing anti-India uprising.

Thousands of Barelvi, Salafi and Jamaat-e-Islami followers attended a pro-freedom conference at Kanelwon on Saturday
Thousands of Barelvi, Salafi and Jamaat-e-Islami followers attended a pro-freedom conference at Kanelwon on Saturday

On Monday, these groups organised a conference in the most populous village of Anantnag, Marhama. The second conference was held at Kanelwon village on Saturday.
Representatives of Jamat-e-Islami, Ahl-i-Ahadees,  Deobandi and Barelvi schools of thought addressed the gatherings. Hurriyat leaders also spoke on the occassion.
Thousands of their followers carrying banners and Pakistan flags came in cars, load carriers and two wheelers to attend the conference.
All the speakers in their speeches urged the people to unite for achieving the goal of freedom.
“The blood of Burhan has renewed our movement for Azadi. We must unite to achieve the goal for which lakhs of people have laid down their lives,” a preacher from Barelvi school of thought, Mohammad Abas Veeri, told the gathering.
Ameer-i-Tehsil Jamaat-e-Islami Abdul Waheed Parray said the Kashmiri  nation needs to be united and disciplined to carry forward the movement.
“Besides maintaining discipline and being united we also need to follow the path shown to us by Quran to succeed in our mission,” Waheed told the gathering.
A preacher from Jamiat-e-Ahlihadees,  Mushtaq Salfi, said India has crossed all limits of oppression against Kashmiris and time has come for the nation to get united and defeat it.
He also criticised chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for strengthening the hands of oppressors.
“When militants attacked a military convoy Mehbooba shamelessly said that she feels ashamed to be a Muslim. Buy now when more than 50 innocents including young and old, men and women were killed by her forces she did not feel any shame,” Salfi told the gathering.
Hurriyat Conference (G) general secretary and senior pro-freedom leader Ghulam Nabi Sumji appealed to the people to be resilient and steadfast for achieving the goal of Azadi.
As the speakers paid tributes to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzafar Wani saying “the blood of martyrs will not go waste”, slogans like Burhan tere khoon se Inqilab Aye ga (Burhan, your blood will bring revolution) reverberate the air throughout the day.
Meanwhile youth in many areas of south Kashmir have been  organising road Azadi roadshows for the past three days. Hundreds of youth in several villages of Dachnipor Bijbehara, Verinag and Kokernag were seen marching in private cars, motor cycles and Tata sumos from one village to another while playing pro- Azadi slogans on public address systems fitted to their vehicles.