Srinagar: The Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chief Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai on Wednesday expressed gratitude to the silent protests against “the oppression in Kashmir” carried out by pilgrims from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Nigeria including many Kashmiris, who were part of the annual Arba’een walk.
Arba’een is considered as one of the largest annual gatherings that take place in the world, attracting millions. The participants from aforementioned countries had staged silent protests and raised slogans in Arabic and Persian, which read, “O God help the people of Kashmir”, and “Kashmir is not alone”.
Hailing the efforts of the participants, Geelani in a statement said that “Muslim Ummah is like a single body and if any part of the body is in pain, whole body feels and expresses it”.
“Any individual with the human heart can sympathise with a nation forces that is in the chains of slavery,” Geelani said, adding “such a support is encouraging and very helpful for our movement and we sincerely thanks all those who stood by us in this need of an hour”.
The Hurriyat chairman further stated: “Every freedom loving person, no matter what ethnicity, religion or region he belongs to, is ambassador for our movement and he or she should act as a voice for our agony and atrocities in the world forums to expose the brute face of so-called Indian democracy.”
The TeH chief Sehrai while hailing the participants of Ara’been walk, in a statement said: “When we study Karbala, we observe how it has social, political and religious factors that made Imam Hussain (RA) rise to challenge ‘Yazid’. A key factor was the violation of the principles of humanity,” he said.
“The way people shared our pain and raised their voices in our support is commendable and such advocacy to the subjugated Kashmiri people is very encouraging for us,” he said, adding that it has provided new life to the freedom sentiment of the people of the nation.
He said that during the holy pilgrimage journey, the way millions had demonstrated and displayed play cards in favor of Kashmiris and paying tributes to the valiant struggle of Kashmiri people was meant to convey to the world in emphatic terms that the Muslim Ummah would never leave their oppressed Kashmiri brothers and sisters alone in their just struggle, come what may.
Sehrai said that for the past 30 years, Kashmiris had been facing the event of Karbala on repeat.
“For us, ‘Karbala’ never passes away and as we have to face “Yazidiyat” every day and facing since decades now,” he said. “Imam Hussain (RA) and his associates while sacrificing their precious lives, conveyed that believers should in no way hesitate to offer sacrifices and support in order to save human beings from oppression and suppression.”
He urged the entire Muslim community in the world “to shun political, strategic and economic expediencies and to continue supporting us at this point in time, when we are facing the worst kind of outrageous atrocities”.