‘Minister inciting sectarian divide’

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SRINAGAR: Reacting sharply to the recent conspiracies to cre­ate sectarian wedge and to sepa­rate Ladakh from the state, the Jammu and Kashmir Ittihadul Muslimeen (JKIM) on Thurs­day alleged that a minister from the rul­ing BJP-PDP combine was active archi­tect of such nefarious designs and that he was hatching a simi­lar conspiracy in Srinagar.

In a statement, the JKIM Pres­ident Maulana Masroor Abbas Ansari said the recent develop­ments were suggestive that some forces were hell bent to create di­vide among the people when the ongoing freedom struggle, according to him, has reached a 'critical phase'.

Appealing “all sections of Shia community to be united with their other Muslim breth­ren in the present struggle”, he said forces were out to create division among the people be it those living in Budgam, Srinagar, Kargil or elsewhere.

Maulana Masroor said a min­ister who is active in Zadibal constituency has told youth from minority sect to refrain from join­ing pro-freedom protests.

“One of the ministers in PDP-BJP coalition govern­ment had issued a statement in which he said that all the stone pelters are financed by oppo­sition NC. On 15th of August, same cabinet minister brought 50 people from different vil­lages to participate in Indian Independence Day celebrations in Bakhshi stadium, while he has never participated in any religious function with other religious leaders of the commu­nity,” Maulana said.

“Now his other plan to di­vide the Kashmiris has been exposed. He is working in Za­dibal area to force people to stop their youth from in par­ticipating in the anti India dem­onstrations but the Shia youth didn't pay any heed to the said minister's appeals,” he said.

Asking Ummah to maintain unity, the JKIM President said, “In a major setback to political and religious leadership of ruling parties and others who wanted to create differences among Kash­miris on sectarian lines, Kargil Shia leaders side with Kashmiris in the present situation.”

“Two top prominent organ­isations of Kargil Muslims–the Islamia School Kargil (ISK) and Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust (IKMT)—on Tuesday August 16, vociferously opposed the plan of government for giv­ing UT status to Ladakh. The rejection came a week after prominent religious and politi­cal leaders in Leh town sent a memorandum to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urg­ing him to separate Ladakh from Jammu and Kashmir and grant it UT status.”

“Kargil leadership has declared sup­port for every decision taken by the people and leadership from Kashmir and are not ready to leave people of Kashmir alone in the present conditions", the statement said.

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