Agha Hassan Demands Ban On Ashura Procession Lifted

Srinagar, Oct 15: Demanding the ban on major Muharram processions in Srinagar to be lifted, the Anjuman-e-Sharaie Shiayan of Agha Syed Hassan on Monday warned to trample barricades if the government persisted with its curbs.

“In view of the improvement in the situation, the government should announce to lift the ban on the processions of the 8th and 10th of Muharram,” the Anjuman said.

“Now that the state is witnessing a peaceful atmosphere, as acknowledged by the central government too, and every sect pursues its activities without hindrance, why should only these two historic religious processions be banned?” it said.

“When Muharram processions are held without any problem across the state and even in the areas adjoining Lal Chowk, what apprehensions does the government have over these two processions in the city centre?” it said, terming the ban as illegal and unjustified.

“The government should clarify its stand with respect to the two processions,” it said.

In a meeting to discuss arrangements for observing Muharram, the Anjuman said that it would convene district-level bodies soon to finalise details of the programme for the month.

“We are committed to hold Musharram functions and processions in a peaceful and dignified manner,” it said.

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