SRINAGAR: The outspoken PDP Member of Parliament, Tariq Hameed Karra says that, not allowing Muharram processions is serious issue that must be dealt with wisdom and courage which I guess have unfortunately taken a leave from the government right now. Muharram processions should be allowed with full state protection.
“It was unfortunate that the chief minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed attended the Dusherra function personally and didnt bother to pay heed to the sentiments of Muslims, Karra told Kashmir Observer.
Karra added that, it is something that wouldnt go well with the people of Kashmir.
Drawing a parallel with Amarnath Yatra, Karra said, When Yatra which is a mega event, can be managed with perfect ease, its absurd to think that a ritual that lasts for a couple of days cant be managed at all. People from all over India come to visit the Amarnath Cave and the government puts in all its resolve and commitment to make it a successful event.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Asgar Samoon on being asked this question said, Curbs are necessary to avoid any trouble. If the trouble wasnt there, the curbs wouldnt be there. I have directed the District administration to identify places where the chances of trouble are the maximum and impose restrictions accordingly.
When asked when the government kept its entire machinery available for the Yatra, and why not the same for Muharram, the Divisional Commissioner hung up. Repeated attempts to reach him couldnt materialize as the phone was switched-off
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