SRINAGAR: Cutting across ideological and sectarian lines, senior leaders of Shia and Sunni communities and representing various religious and socio-political outfits Sunday appealed to the people to maintain complete peace and tranquility preserving their traditional amity and brotherhood at all costs.
The Shia-Sunni Co-ordination Committee held an extraordinary meeting at the Budgam residence of senior Hurriyat Conference (M) leader, Aga Syed Hasan, Sunday in the backdrop of the unfortunate incidents marked by sporadic scuffles among youngsters of the two communities in some city areas recently and to identify the factors and possible conspiracies behind these. The meeting lasted two and a half hours and is likely to be continued at the Mirwaiz Manzil, Rajouri Kadal, on Monday. Various prominent citizens of the city would be invited to the meeting.
The meeting deliberated upon the measures to maintain the age-old brotherhood between the two prominent Muslim sects and decided to organize a joint peace march through the affected areas of the city and to urge the youth to restrain themselves at all costs. It was felt some elements were spreading rumors to disrupt the centuries-old sectarian amity of the valley.
Underscoring the need to preserve the mutual brotherhood and communal amity at all costs, the meeting decided to expose the forces behind the attempts to create misgivings among different sections of the community. The Co-ordination Committee would be meeting after every three months to keep an eye on the situation and prevent any misunderstandings being created among the people.
Those who attended the meeting included Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Maulvi Muhammad Abbas Ansari, Aga Syed Hasan, Ghulam Rasool Malik, Jamaat-e-Islami representative, Advocate Zahid Ali, senior resistance leaders, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Syed Saleem Geelani, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, and a representative of Shia leader, Aftikhar Husain Ansari.
The Committee had invited Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Jamaat chief, Muhammad Abdullah Wani, and Maulvi Iftikhar Husain Ansari. However, sources said, they did not attend the meeting while some of them sent their representatives. Observer News Service
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