SRINAGAR Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), an amalgam of clerics, has called for a shutdown on Saturday against NIA summon to its chief and Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and ban on Jamaat-e-Islami.
Addressing a press conference at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal here, Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam condemned the summoning of Mirwaiz and ban on Jamaat-e-Islami.
He appealed people to observe shutdown on Saturday and hold protests after Friday prayers.
He said that an extraordinary meeting of the amalgam was held at historic Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal in which Imams, Khateebs and religious scholars from across the Kashmir Valley participated with regard to the NIA notice sent to Mirwaiz of Kashmir Mohammad Umar Farooq.
The meeting also discussed the grave prevailing situation in Kashmir especially the extreme assault by New Delhi on the pro-resolution leadership socio-religious organizations and cadres, and a new wave of repression on people of Kashmir, the statement said.
Those who participated in the meeting include Jammu & Kashmir Majlis Itehaad-i-Millat, Ittihaad-ul-Muslimeen, Himayat-ul-Islam, Anjuman Tableegul Islam, Ahlibait Foundation, Darul Uloom Raheemiya Bandipora, Jamiat Ulema, Jamat-e-Islami, Anjuman-e-Sharie Shiyaan, Karvan Islami International, Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid , Muslim Personal Law board Jammu and Kashmir, Darul iftah wal qaza Shariat Islami Bijbehara, Idara Mohsin Aalmeen International, Aastan-i- Aalia Peer Dastageer Sahib Khanyar, Anjuman Nusratul Islam, Anjuman Ulema-i-Ahnaaf, Rabita Aimah Masajid Jammu and Kashmir.
After discussion, a unanimous resolution was passed by the Mutahida Ulema Council.
This meeting expressed solidarity with Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Mohammad Umar Farooq and assured him that we stand by Mirwaiz at this time when he is being harassed and victimized by the authorities and would stay shoulder to shoulder with him.
It strongly condemned the imposition of ban on Jamaat-e-Islami and arrest of its leaders and cadres and called it a blatant interference in religious affairs. The meeting also condemned the crackdown on the resistance leadership, killings and harassment of people.
It condemned in strongest words the frequent sealing of Kashmir’s grand mosque the Jamia Masjid which is the religious and spiritual epicenter of the lakhs of people of the State. It termed the barring of Friday prayers as highly intolerable stating that the move amounts to direct religious interference.
The meeting laid special focus on all segments of society and people of Kashmir to shun sectarian difference and other ideological rifts and to stay united at this crucial juncture when there is a tremendous onslaught against people.
The meeting also urged the people to remain alert about the ploys aimed at creating a wedge among the people on sectarian lines and to defeat all such moves.
The MMU stated that the resolution will be passed during the Friday (March 15) congregational prayers across Kashmir in all masjids, shrines, Imams Baras for seeking unanimous support of people of Kashmir against the NIA notice to Mirwaiz, crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami and banning the organisation, crackdown on Jamiat-e-Ahlihadees, arrest of resistance leaders and the repressive measures of Delhi against the people of Kashmir.