Yasin Malik Tours Budgam, Urges Unity

SRINAGAR:  Chairman of the Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik has expressed his strong resentment and anguish over the prevailing sectarian strife between Shia and Sunni Muslims in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

According to a JKLF spokesman, Malik visited various villages of Budgam district and met people. “Today our hearts bleed when we see our mosques, Imam Baargah’s and houses being destroyed, not by any outsider or enemy but by our fellow Muslims here and there,” Malik said, adding that it was painful to see that people who all claim to be followers of last messenger of Allah are fighting, torturing, killing, attacking and destroying each other with impunity”.

He said it was a matter of shame for all of us that our sisters, daughters and mothers who are daughters of beloved Prophet (pbuh) cry for safety from fellow Muslims. “Why are we alive to witness this fight? Is there no imam, no elder, no intellectual and no one who will tell us about the sayings of our Qur’an and Prophet (PBUH)?” Malik lamented.

JKLF chief said: “Even Prophet (PBUH) time and again stressed on unity. Today, in this holy month of Ramzan we are burning and destroying the houses of fellow Muslims. This is a shameful attitude which is only strengthening the enemies of ours and making their efforts of dividing us a success.”

“I appeal to all people belonging to both Shia and Sunni denominations of Islam to refrain from this strife and try to understand the conspiracies of enemies of Islam. I appeal to all, please forget about the past and restore your brotherhood and unity,” he said in an impassioned appeal.

Malik also organized a number of meetings of elders from both the communities at different places and the meetings were held in cordial atmosphere, the spokesman said.

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