SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has condemned the use of “brute” force including firing of pellets on devotees at Jamia Masjid on Friday saying the historic grand mosque has always been an “eyesore” for the ruling regime which wants to target the centrality of Kashmir’s spiritual centre and discourage people from coming there.
“The pulpit of Jamia Masjid has always voiced justice for people in the light of Islamic teachings and has represented the aspirations of occupied people and will continue to do so till the rights and aspirations of the people of Kashmir are fulfilled,” JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said in a statement.
The leadership said the government forces resorted to disproportionate use of force against youth, namazis, pedestrians and even shopkeepers of Jamia Market. “The forces deliberately turned entire Jamia Masjid and its adjoining areas into a battlefield which reflects worst form of state terrorism and deserves strong condemnation,” it said.
JRL blamed the heavy deployment of forces around the grand mosque ahead of Friday prayers for the situation saying that without any reason the Jamia Masjid premises are turned into a military garrison which later leads to tension in the area.
“Every time any incident happens in the valley, Jamia Masjid and the downtown areas become the first targets of the rulers who impose curbs and curfews causing great distress to the population there. Even Friday prayers are repeatedly barred as government displays its military might that day to ensure nobody reaches the grand masjid,” the leadership said.
“No genuine struggle can be crushed through military might and the use of lethal pellets can’t break the resolve of people of Kashmir,” JRL said.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik participated in the silent sit-in staged by the Shahr-e-Khaas traders against forces’ “atrocities”.
“The Jamia Masjid is the religious and spiritual centre of Kashmir and no move by the government to weaken its sanctity would be tolerated,” Mirwaiz and Malik said.
They warned that if government didn’t stop its “ploys” to damage the sanctity and sacredness of the grand masjid, a sustained campaign will be started, the entire responsibility of which will lie on government.