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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