Shia-Sunni Panel On Muharram Appeals For Unity

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SRINAGAR (ONS) – The joint Shia-Sunni Coordination Committee of religious and pro-freedom organisations, convened by Agha Syed Hassan, on Wednesday held a key meeting at the JKLF headquarters in Srinagar, cautioning people against elements bent on sparking off sectarian trouble.

The panel appealed to people to uphold Shia-Sunni unity at all costs, particularly during Muharram processions, and asked marchers to be on the lookout for elements trying to trigger mischief.

“Muslims, irrespective of sect, should ensure to uphold brotherhood wherever Muharram processions pass, and should arrange water and refreshments for azadaars (mourners),” the Committee said.

“Azadaars too should remain vigilant against mischievous elements, and not allow them room within their ranks,” he said. “Moreover, they should ensure that Shia-Sunni unity is upheld in their respective areas.”

The Committee severely condemned the arrest of the Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen president, Maulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, terming it as interference in religious affairs.    

Those who attended today’s meeting included Muhammad Yasin Malik of the JKLF, advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Agha Syed Mujtaba of the Anjuman-e-Sharaie Shiayan, Ghulam Muhammad Sankar of the Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen, Syed Saleem Geelani, Hakeem Abdul Rasheed of the Muslim League, Ghulam Nabi Zakki of the Awami Action Committee, Ghulam Muhammad Nagoo of the Anjuman-e-Sharaie, Sheikh Abdul Rasheed of the JKLF, Basheer Ahmad Kashmiri of the JKLF, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi of the Awami Action Committee and Muhammad Shafi of the National Front. 

Meanwhile protests erupted in several areas of Srinagar and Baramulla today against arrest of IUM president Masroor Abbas Ansari.

Mourners chanted slogans demanding release of Masroor in Alamgiri Bazar, Zadibal during an Alam sharif procession. Traffic was disrupted for several hours on Srinagar-Baramulla road near Mirgund and Lawaypora after protestors squatted on the road demanding Masroor’s release.

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