Religious Leaders Voice Support For Amarnath Yatra

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Srinagar- The members of civil society, including prominent religious leaders on Monday extended their support to the Union Territory administration for the peaceful conduct of the annual Amarnath Yatra beginning Thursday.

The announcement in this regard was made during a day-long conference titled ‘Milchar’ —‘The Future of the Future in Kashmir’s Context’ held at SKICC here on Monday, an official spokesperson said.

He said that the civil society members from different parts of Kashmir came together to give a message of solidarity against the targeted killings and to discuss the role of religious leaders as well as to welcome Amarnath pilgrims.

“The conference was organised with an aim to study the role of Islamic religious leaders in creating harmony between different communities as well as to explore the future of future in Kashmir’s context,” he added.
During the conference, the spokesperson said that several prominent religious leaders highlighted the significance of civil society in contemporary times and the ways for creating a harmonious and livable society.

The conference, he said, also discussed the importance of Amarnath yatra and its contribution to the overall development of the entire Jammu and Kashmir.

“The religious luminaries on the occasion committed that they will provide all possible support to the government of J&K for a successful and peaceful yatra this year,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Muzaffar highlighted the role of civil society in establishing a harmonised society.

Malik Mohammed Jameel, an eminent Islamic scholar, according to the spokesperson, highlighted the important role of the religious leaders in creating amity and how they can be ambassadors of goodwill and foster understanding.

Jameel, he said, stressed the importance of such initiatives that can serve as a meeting ground of diverse views and can further foster communal harmony.

According to the spokesperson, Abdul Latief Bukhari, Mirwaiz Central Kashmir while speaking on the occasion stressed on more and more participation of religious leaders to dispel mistrust amongst communities.

The Mirwaiz Central Kashmir, he said, pointed out that the religious leaders in present times are not doing their best to be an instrument of change.

“Further, he assured the gathering that in coming months the religious leaders will be pro active in educating empathy, harmony, and understanding through sermons in their respective areas in J&K,” he added.

Mufti Nasir Ahmad, a leading seminary of Kashmir valley, spoke on the challenges in the way of any change, the spokesperson said.

“He observed that one is bound to face obstacles and difficulties in the way of any fruitful change or initiative. All such obstacles can be overcome with conviction and aiming for greater good. Good coordination, consistent amicable efforts do bear results,” Ahmad added.

According to the spokesperson, Master Ghulam Nabi Gani and Raja Muneeb, in their address, called upon all Kashmiris to welcome Amarnath yatris.

“He said that it’s our duty to cooperate for a peaceful yatra and a chance to extend our hospitality, for which Kashmir is known for. Every yatri should carry a message of peace and harmony from this holy land,” he said.

The spokesperson further said that the participants of this unique conference have brought forward the importance of people’s power.

“They urged the government to facilitate and expand the space for the Civil society to play its role and come forward to dispel any mistrust or disharmony,” he added.

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