Mirwaiz Convenes Shia-Sunni Panel On Sunday

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Agha Wants Govt To Collar “US, Israel Linked” Magam Sacrilege Culprits

SRINAGAR (ONS) – The head of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulama and chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, has convened an urgent meeting of the Shia-Sunni Coordination Committee on Sunday over “unpleasant incidents and deplorable bids threatening traditional Muslim unity in Kashmir.”

The joint panel of religious and pro-freedom parties is scheduled to meet at the residence of the Anjuman-e-Shara’ie president, Agha Syed Hassan, in Budgam, the Hurriyat (M) said.

In a separate statement, Agha Hassan, who is an executive member of the Mirwaiz Hurriyat, attributed the recent Magam sacrilege to “elements having links to US and Israeli agencies” and asked the government to identify the culprits “as it would not be difficult for it to collar them”

The Mirwaiz condemned the government’s move to impose curfew in the Old City and bar people from offering Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid and other mosques and shrines.

Lodging strong protest at holding lakhs of people hostage with no access to essentials and medicines, the Mirwaiz said that the government’s “highly undemocratic and dictatorial step” to curb his religious duties of “prayer, preaching and counsel.”

“The people of Kashmir should maintain unity at all costs, and defeat the nefarious designs of disruptive forces and intriguers by mutual accord and discipline,” he said.

Agha Hassan, who had convened the joint Shia-Sunni panel to ensure sectarian amity and harmony during Muharram observance, said that “Zionist and Crusader-ist” forces were in desperation at the spread of Islam around the world and the movements of religious awakening in Muslim countries.

“They have drawn up elaborate plans to tear apart the Muslim ummah, and earmarked billions of dollars for the purpose,” he said. “Some details of the plan have already come to light.”

Agha Hassan described the recent Magam sacrilege as a deliberate plan to spark off Shia-Sunni violence in Kashmir.

“Those involved in it, whosoever they may be, must one way or another, be linked to US and Israeli agencies,” he said.

“It will not be impossible for the government to lay hands on the real culprits behind the plan,” he said, urging authorities to identify the plotters.

“Concerned for their nefarious designs, such elements were thoroughly dissatisfied at the harmony and unity with which Muharram was observed in Kashmir this year,” he said.

“This is precisely why flames were sought to set off from Magam immediately after Ashoora,” he said.

“Zionist and Crusader-ist forces are active in Pakistan also where scores of people have been martyred in suicide attacks on Muharram processions, but sectarian clashes have not erupted there among the public,” he said.

“Actually, people in Pakistan are fully aware of the evil forces behind such carnages. Unfortunately, people in Jammu and Kashmir have yet to fully understand the international conspiracies create divisions within divisions in Muslims,” he said, calling for unity.  

MUA CONDEMNS CURBS

Meanwhile, the  Muttahida Ulama-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, (MUA) also  condemned the imposition of curbs on the people of Srinagar, and deplored the efforts of some miscreants who are trying to divide people on sectarian lines.

“People who want to divide Muslims are not worth to be called Muslims. The Muslims of the valley have been living together since many decades and continue to be an example for the rest of the world,” the Mirwaiz South Kahsmir and chief spokesman of the MUA, Dr. Qazi Ahmed Yasir, said at a huge Friday congregation in the Jamia Masjid at Anantnag.

“Under a well-planned strategy, enemies of Islam try to divide Muslims on the basis of sects and names, and the only aim of such strategies is to create hatred, chaos and confusion among Muslims,” he said.

“They want us to hate our own Muslim brethren, so that they may rule us easily,” he said.

“After Tawheed and Risalat, love for the Ahl-ul-Bayt is compulsory for every Muslim, he hatred for Yazidist forces is a must. Muslims of Kashmir, be it the Shias or the Sunnis, everyone respects Hazrat Ali (Karam Allah-a-Wajhu) and

Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and we believe that (this love) is an important pillar of religion,” he said.

Further, the head of the National Front, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, on Friday called for local committees in mohallas and localities to be set up to identify elements trying to spark off “tensions between Muslims.” 

“It is a matter of grave concern that the activities of anti-Muslim forces have risen highly across Kashmir,” Khan said. 

“They are pitting Muslims against each other so that Kashmiris get divided so badly as to forget that they are engaged in a struggle of freedom from Indian slavery,” he said. 

“In every mohalla and neighbourhood people who believe in the unity of Muslims and are capable of seeing through anti-Muslim conspiracies, must come forward and array themselves against such elements,” he said.

“How can we forget that the enemy of our freedom will never want to see us united? And how can we forget that the basis of unity is the Kalima-e-Tauheed, on which all of us believe?” he said.  

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