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“Closing the Masjid preemptively is not a good step, but responsibility also lies with its Auqaf to ensure that the place remains peaceful and is not politicised,” he said.
“To preserve this syncretic culture all these steps, which are taken, by all stakeholders are absolutely appreciable and welcome. Our Christian brethren are celebrating this festival with cheerfulness and they are feeling happy as their festival is being respected. This is the essence of Srinagar city that all communities feel respected, equal, cherished and valued,” he said.
Mattu said that Saint Luke’s Church is 125-year-old historic church of Srinagar and due to the efforts of Srinagar smart city corporation that after a period of more than 30 years, a religious congregation was held here on this auspicious occasion of Christmas.
“The Department of tourism has also played a positive role in reopening this church,” he added.
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