Mirwaiz criticises move to treat JK Bank as PSU

Mirwaiz criticises move to treat JK Bank as PSU
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‘Attempt being made to weaken state’s financial institutions’

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday strongly criticised the authorities’ move to declare Kashmiris major financial institution, JK Bank, as a public-sector undertaking (PSU) in order to “completely control” it.
“All attempts are being made to weaken the state’s financial institutions while as our basic human political and religious rights are already under great assault,” Mirwaiz said while addressing a Seerat Conference at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal here on Sunday which was organised by Awami Action Committee (AAC).
AAC patron Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and various Ulema and religious scholars paid glorious tributes to Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and urged people of Kashmir to follow the footsteps of the beloved Prophet (SAW) for achieving the success here and in the hereafter.
Mirwaiz said that Muslim Ummah was facing tremendous hardships and sectarian rifts were growing with each passing day because Muslims have deviated from the basic teachings of Prophet (SAW) and the holy Quran.
“Despite the fact there are 60 Muslim nations across the globe yet Muslims are disunited infighting and suffering at the hands of various forces when they could have been a strong block who could have played a great role in shaping global politics and ethics,” he said.
Mirwaiz said the success of Muslims lies in understanding and following the teachings of the great Prophet (SAW) and the Quran.
Commenting on the prevailing grim situation, Mirwaiz said the killing of young boys in forces operations is extremely sad and painful.
“Severe repression, impunity from any accountability of the forces and choking of all democratic rights including the right to peaceful expression of dissent and sense of injustice drives the young boys to take up arms,” he said.
Mirwaiz said many among the slain are those who are either persecuted and haunted by police and forces or their family members killed and harassed and they feel left with no choice but to avenge the injustices by taking up arms.
“No room is provided to the young in colleges and universities or elsewhere which are forums across the globe for youth to express and assert their views especially in a conflict zone like ours and those that try to do so are harassed and forced into silence by the authorities,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that even when youth come to resistance leadership to express their views or extend their support for peaceful pursuance of the people’s movement, but “agencies immediately scare and intimidate them”.
“A deliberate stifling atmosphere is being created to push the youth to a path of violence and then they are killed,” he said.
In the last three days alone, Mirwaiz said, more than 18 armed youth and civilians have been killed and tens of scores of civilians grievously injured with bullets, pellets and teargas shells.
“Military repression is no solution to Kashmir dispute nor will it be able to undo the reality of the issue,” he said.
Many religious scholars also spoke on the occasion that included general secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Faheem Ramzan, Moulvi Bashir Ahmed Irfani from the Hurriyat Conference (G), Imam of Jamia Masjid Srinagar Moulana Ahmed Syed Naqshbandi, research scholar of Kashmir University Muhmmad Nayeem Bhat while as Naat was recited by Mir Shabir Ahmed.
The conference was also attended by the members of Kashmri Traders and Manufactures Association, Shahr-e-Khass Traders Coordination Committee and the students and youth.