Slams elements creating sectarian divide in Kashmir
SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said Indian Muslims continue to face threat of life and property and are getting killed and maimed like soft targets.
Addressing a Seerat conference organised by Awami Action Committee (AAC), of which he is the head, at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal, Mirwaiz said the condition of Muslims in India is not different as they continue to be in minority and are locked in multiple challenges and problems even after 70 years of India’s independence.
“With each passing day, Muslims in India are getting killed like animals and the role of judiciary is highly questionable in not being able to take cognisance of these gruesome incidents and putting a halt to it,” a statement issued here quoted Mirwaiz as saying in his presidential address.
Mirwaiz also took a dig at the elements hell bent to create a sectarian divide in Kashmir and said such acts wont yield any result as Kashmir is a vibrant and intelligent society now.
“Very soon, a crucial meeting of all the ulema and religious scholars of Kashmir region would be convened to discuss the series of issues confronting people of Kashmir,” he said.
Terming the present prevailing situation in Kashmir as “very fragile and sensitive”, Hurriyat (M) chairman said, “Kashmir being the world’s highest militarised zone continues to witness unabated human rights violations in the form of innocent killings, harassment, torture, maiming and blinding of youth.”
He said New Delhi continues to muzzle the genuine voices of Kashmiris and crush the “sacred” struggle with its military might but has failed to do so as the freedom sentiment runs deep in the minds and hearts of every Kashmiri citizen.
“All ploys aimed to crush Kashmir movement are destined to taste defeat,” Mirwaiz said. “Kashmiri people have offered sacrifices in every form be that life, property, chastity of women and what not only for the end of forcible control.” He urged people to remain steadfast till the final goal is achieved.
Mirwaiz said at present, the entire Muslim world is gripped with manifold challenges and the reason is that we are not following the footsteps of the revered Prophet Muhammad (SAW). He said enemies of Islam and Muslims across the world are hatching conspiracies by portraying Islam in a wrong way and their only aim is to divide Muslims and to create a wedge among them.
Mirwaiz said the only way to defeat the nefarious anti-Muslims designs and the conspiracies hatched by enemies of Muslims is to follow the teachings of Prophet (SAW) in letter and spirit.
Mirwaiz made a fervent appeal to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, especially to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran to forge unity and to take pains in resolving the multiple challenges being faced by the Muslims across globe and to pull out the Muslims from the miseries and pain inflicted upon them in various forms. “As the Islamic world faces one of the most challenging times on all accounts in its history, the only way to overcome it is unity, rising above sectarian divides and regional upmanship,” he said.
Several prominent religious scholars, pro-freedom leaders and civil society activists shed light on the life of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) during the seminar.
Those present on the occasion included Moulana Abbas Ansari, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng, Nazir Ahmed Rana of Jamaat-e-Islami, Rafiq Ahmed Owasi of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Geelani, Moulana Khursheed Ahmed Qanoongo of Anjuman-e-Himayat-ul-Islam, Moulana Ali Akbar of Anjuman-e-Tableegul Islam, Muhammad Nayeem, a research scholar at the University of Kashmir, prominent Naatkhan Shabir Ahmed. The conference was moderated by Moulana M S Rehman Shams.
Meanwhile, speaking on the occasion, all the invitees paid rich tributes to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and termed His way of living the only road that would lead to success here and hereafter. “The way shown by the Prophet (SAW) is the ultimate way to achieve success in every sphere of life,” they said.