IM delegation meets Governor

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SRINAGAR: A delegation of J&K Ittihadul Muslimeen (IM), called on Governor N.N. Vohra, here at the Raj Bhavan and presented a memorandum demanding lifting of ban on traditional Muharram processions in Srinagar.

The delegation briefed the Governor about the activities of the organization and the long standing tradition of processions being taken out on the 8th and 10thMoharram every year, an official spokesman said. 

The IM requested the Governor to help in lifting ban on these processions on their traditional routes and also sought the administration’s cooperation in this regard.

The Governor observed that he would convey the IM’s request to the Chief Minister today, the spokesman said.

The delegation comprised of Syed Ibrahim Razvi, Vice-President; Mr. M. Hussain Jaffrey, Gen. Secretary; and Mr. Nazir Ahmad Dar and Mr. M. Rafiq Kathoo, Executive members.

IM, which is part of separatist conglomerate is first Hurriyat constituent to call on the State Governor.

However party general secretary Ghulam Hussain said the delegation had called on the Governor to register protest as it was a “violation of human rights and interference in religious matters.” 

“We met the Governor to register our protest against the state government’s decision not to allow Muharram procession on traditional routes. It was purely a religious matter and nothing political,” Hussain said.

He said the party submitted a memorandum to Vohra stating that not allowing the Muharram procession was a “violation of human rights and interference in religious matters.” 

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