Mirwaiz condemns use of force, teargas shelling on Eid at Eidgah


SRINAGAR: Condemning the use of force, cane charge, teargas shelling and state-sponsored terror unleashed on the people coming to of­fer prayers on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr at the historic Eidgah in Srinagar, Hurri­yat (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said this was an attack on the congregation and unity of Muslims.

Terming the brutal attack and use of oppressive mea­sures on the people – men, women and children – who had come to offer prayers at Eidgah, the Mirwaiz said this was a gift of the PDP-BJP coalition government to the Kashmiri people on the occasion of Eid.

Mirwaiz said that Fear of public assembly has so completely over the ruling regime that even Eid gather­ing for nimaz is a big threat to them and in anticipation they not only cage the re­sistance leadership but also use Police and paramilitary forces to beat up men women and even children.

Addressing the Friday con­gregation at Jamia Masjid, the Hurriyat (M) Chairman said Kashmiri people would not be cowed down by such oppressive and suppressive tactics and the voice for their just rights and their freedom would continue to be raised from the pulpit of Jamia Masjid and the op­pressive attitude of the gov­ernment would fail to break their resolve.

Paying glowing tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931, he said the foundation for Kash­mir’s freedom struggle was laid on this day which Jam­mu Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) observes with deference and admira­tion ever since it was founded by Mirwaiz Moulvi Muham­mad Farooq and this year the unified resistance leadership had been decided to observe this day with unity.

Urging people to observe the day as per the joint programme to be present­ed before them on Satur­day on behalf of Syed Ali Geelani,Muhammad Yasin Malik and APHC, the Mir­waiz called for making the programme a success.

Terming the situation in en­tire Islamic world as danger­ous and a matter of concern for the entire Muslim Um­mah, he made a passionate appeal to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) specially Saudia Arabia, Iran and Pakistan to come forward emerge over self and sectarian issues and help the Muslim Ummah overcome the deadly state-of-affairs they are caught in.

Stressing that OIC and re­sponsible Muslim countries were equally responsible for the situation the Islamic world was caught in, the APHC Chairman said it would be unfortunate if they still fail to come forward to deal with the crisis at hand.

Terming the terrorist attack in Madinah Munawarah as cowardly and barbaric, he said Muslims can bear any­thing but not the desecration of their holy sites.

He said the situation in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Muslim countries and the way talk of destroying Haram Sharief by attacking it was in the air, if Muslim leadership did not wake up from its deep slumber and sink their in­ternal differences to jointly ensure the safety of the Ha­ram Sharief, then it would be unfortunate for the Mus­lim Ummah.

On the occasion, the Mirwaiz announced that from the coming Friday, the congrega­tional Friday prayers, like in the past, would once again be held at 1:30 pm. (KNS)



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