Voting For Pro-India Leaders Akin To Bayyat With Yazid: Geelani

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Srinagar, Nov 24: Paying glorious tribute to Imam Hussain (AS) on the eve of Ashura, the chairman of the Hurriyat (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani, on Friday said that voting for pro-India leaders was akin to supporting Yazid, the Ummayad Caliph who ordered the execution of the Holy Prophet’s (pbuh) grandson and progeny nearly 14 centuries ago.

“The people of Kashmir too face a situation like Karbala which is an unending battle with forces out to enslave God’s creation,” he said. “Kashmiri politicians siding with India in this battle are playing the role of Ibn-e-Zyad and Shimr (Yazid’s governor and warrior respectively), and those who vote for such politicians in elections practically swear allegiance to Yazid.”

“In view of this unambiguous principle of shariat, such people have no right to claim affiliation to Imam Hussain (AS),” he said. “Those who use their vote in favour of pro-India politicians do not deserve to be called Hussaini.”

“Such people strengthen the hands of present-day Yazids, and become culpable of harming the national cause,” he said.

“Being Shia or Sunni does not lessen the crime of such individuals,” he said.

“Imam Hussain (AS) was neither Shia nor Sunni but a true Muslim who never minced words in speaking the truth before tyrannical rulers,” he said.

“He laid down his life along with his loved-ones in the plains of Karbala to revive the Caliphate and the rule of law, sending out a message to Muslims of all time to come to not to bow before the forces of falsehood nor to come to terms with them,” he said.

“All battles of human history have come to an end, but the battle begun on Muharram 10, 61 AH, in the desert lands of Iraq continues till date where the Yazids of today want to establish the rule of their whim and enslave the servants of Allah,” he said.

“People of Kashmir too face a Karbala-like situation as, not only have they been enslaved by force, but oppressive powers shed their blood with impunity and seek to suppress their voice with armed might,” he said.

Geelani severely condemned the ban on Muharram processions in Srinagar and the use of force on mourners, saying that after curbing political activity, the government was curtailing the people’s right to religious observance.

“Be it the occasion of Eid or the procession of Muharram, the government behaves like lunatics to bar people from holding their religious duties,” he said. Observer News Service

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