Hate speeches by clerics unacceptable: JKLF chief Malik

Hate speeches by clerics unacceptable: JKLF chief Malik
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SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday expressed dismay over the growing intolerance and hate speeches by some religious preachers especially on social media, saying these people are widening the gap between various sects of Muslims “hence tarnishing the unity among our ranks and files”.
Addressing people at Masjid Bilal (The Bund) here, Malik said ulema and religious scholars are most esteemed but they should stop fringe among their ranks from spreading hate among Muslims.
He said religious scholars should stop fringe elements among their ranks from spreading hate among Muslims through their speeches and sermons because this growing menace is responsible for widening the gap between various sects of Muslims and in no way is in the interest of Muslim Ummah.
“This hate mongering has risen to an alarming height now and these preachers have started showering abuses on one another, calling for fiery debates and even at occasion are indulging in calling others infidel and non-Muslim. This state of affairs is not acceptable to us as it is detrimental to our unity and cohesiveness and if these hate mongers don’t stop immediately, the nation will have no choice but to boycott them all,” JKLF chairman warned.
Meanwhile, a party statement issued here said that funeral prayers in absentia were held for JKLF activist Naeem Butt at the park on bund in which Malik and hundreds of people participated.
It added that JKLF leaders and activists led by zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal held peaceful protest at Lal Chowk against the plight of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in various jails.
Malik also rued the “criminal silence” maintained by the international community on Kashmir and its failure to resolve the dispute.
JKLF chief also welcomed the decision of Prime Minister “Azad Kashmir” of calling a judicial probe into JKLF activist’s killing. He hoped that the probe will conclude on time and the culprits will be given stern punishment.
Malik said India is “using every barbaric tactic to suppress Kashmiri voices and use of NIA intimidation is also part of this oppression”.
“Our business and economy is also being targeted by Indian rulers with the active help of their Kashmiri stooges,” Malik said.