Government fuelling sectarian divide: Mirwaiz
‘Resources, Money Being Spent To Fragment Kashmiri Muslims’
Srinagar, Apr 27: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday asked the government to come clear on the issue of what he termed the policy to “fragment” Kashmir’s society on sectarian lines.
“We are worried that, under a conspiracy, a divide is being created and it has the institutional support of the government. Resources and money are being spent on creating a divide in the name of Barelvis, Deobandis and Wahabis,” Mirwaiz said while addressing a Friday congregation at historic Jamia Masjid here.
Mirwaiz said that government machinery and institutions were being used in the name of ‘Kashmiriyat and Sufiyat’ to create a wedge among the people.
Mirwaiz said New Delhi was funding a ‘selective group’ to create wedge between Muslims of Kashmir and to weaken the ‘ongoing freedom struggle.’ “Millions of rupees are being pumped to propagate the ideology of a certain group. Government has given a free hand to some people who frequently visit shrines and resort to bashing of particular groups of Muslims with an aim to create a confusion and division in the society,” he said
He asked government to explain its position on the alleged attempts to “fragment” the society on sectarian lines.
“It seems there is an attempt to change the mindset of the youth. So I warn the government to stop this process,” he said.
He said the government institutions and army are not supposed to build mosques and shrines here. “Government’s job is to provide water and electricity, and it should stick to the same,” he said.
Mirwaiz said they will fight all the attempts to divide the people of the state and will oppose the “divide and rule policy”.
“Their only agenda is to tarnish the religious and social fabric of Kashmir so that we will be pitted against each other on the basis of groups,” the head priest said.
“They are from our own community who are wearing the cloak of religion for their evil designs. Their only aim is to weaken the freedom struggle,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz also warned these people that their names would be made public ‘if they will not desist from such activities’. “We will not allow their evil designs to succeed at any cost,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that resolve and determination which the people of Kashmir have shown ‘for right to self-determination on political and as well as economical front’ is appreciable. “The agencies could not break our resolve. Now it is their tactic to weaken the movement but we will emerge winner and not allow it at any cost,” Mirwaiz said.
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