Observe Jumait-ul-Vida As Al-Quds Day: Mirwaiz

SRINAGAR: Keeping up with the tradition, the Hurriyat Conference today said that the last Friday of Ramzan  (Jumait-ul-vida) will be observed as Youm-al-Quds and Youm-e-Kashmir in both the parts of divided Kashmir.

The decision was taken during an executive council meeting convened by the APHC chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

The annual Al-Quds Day  was conceived originally by the leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in August 1979, the year of the Revolution, in solidarity with the Palestinians. Ayatullah Khomeini declared the liberation of Jerusalem a religious duty to all Muslims.

Quds Day is now commemorated across Arab and Muslim world with protests against the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem.

Hurriyat executive meanwhile resolved that the biggest gathering in connection with the day would be led by Mirwaiz at historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar. The APHC Chairman would throw light on the current political struggle of Kashmiris and would also present a memorandum for the public approval.

The Hurriyat expressed its serious concern over the nocturnal raids and force used by the police and Indian troops to detain and interrogate the Kashmiri youth. APHC said that such state aggression would only complicate the problem instead of solving it.  He said the state sponsored terrorism would enrage the people more, and government would be itself responsible if situation takes an ugly turn.

Coming down heavily on National Conference, the APHC said that this party was dividing Kashmiris for its own electoral benefits.  NC has always demonstrated double standards. “On the one hand it advocates solving Kashmir issue by joining hands with the pro-freedom leadership, but on the other their government has unleashed a reign of oppression and suppression on poor Kashmiris. Day in and day out Kashmiri youth are being detained and tortured and when the people stand up against state aggression they are arrested and detained in nocturnal raids”, an APHC statement said.

The  APHC said that NC was involved in the worst form of political retribution in Kashmir and has always put restrictions and curbs on Hurriyats political and religious activities.

During the meeting it was observed that Kashmiris were wary of pro-Indian parties whose politics is based on hypocrisy and deceit. They said that people would never get lured by those forces who have politically exploited Kashmiris since 1947.

The Hurriyat has appealed people of Kashmir in general and to the people of Budgam district in particular to maintain unity at all costs and be vigilant of those forces who are trying to divide Kashmiri on  sectarian lines.

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