Won’t allow Kashmir’s division on sectarian lines: Mirwaiz

Chairs Crucial Meet; Joint Delegation To Visit Zadibal, Magam


Srinagar, Dec 2: Taking a strong note of group clashes in some parts of Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Sunday said the heads of various religious organizations have “formed a counter strategy to defeat the hands trying to divide Kashmiris on religious lines.” He also said a joint delegation of Shia-Sunni communities would soon visit the curfew-bound areas of downtown and meet the members of both communities to “sort-out the differences, if any.”
 The decision was taken at a crucial meeting chaired by Mirwaiz at the residence of Hurriyat leader Aga Syed Hassan Al-Mousvi in Budgam. “The meeting was fruitful as representatives of all religious organizations including Shia groups participated. There was a unanimous consensus that no division of Kashmiri people will be allowed in the name of religion or a sect,” Mirwaiz told Greater Kashmir.
 At least 30 representatives from various religious organizations participated in the meeting. These included Jamait-e-Ahlihadith, Jamaat-e-Islami,  Anjnuman-e-Share-Shia, Markaze-Sadaaate Geelaniya, Anjumane-Himayate-e Islam and Anjumane-e-Itihaadul Muslimeen. Many other leaders participated in their individual capacity and expressed their views on how to forge unity among all sects.
 Mirwaiz said a delegation comprising religious heads of Shia-Sunni organizations would visit the curfew-bound Zadibal and Nowhatta areas of Srinagar soon. “The move is aimed to iron out the differences, if any, between the two communities. The delegation will urge the people to forge unity and not play at the hands of anti-Islamic forces who are hell-bent to divide people of Kashmir on religious lines,” he said. “Similarly, another delegation will meet people of Magam area as well and call for unity.”
 He said that “anti-Islamic agencies” were planning to create a division among the Kashmiri people who have already bore the brunt of “atrocities by forces” for the past 22 years. “We will not allow any sectarian divide to take an ugly shape,” Mirwaiz said.
 Senior Hurriyat (M) leader and chairman of National People’s Party(NPP) Syed Saleem Geelani said the meeting deliberated threadbare the situation that has risen in the wake of sectarian clashes in Magam area first followed by some clashes in old city areas.
 He said to forge unity and to carve out future strategy, a meeting of all religious representatives has been convened on December 3 at Mirwaiz Manzil, Rajouri Kadal. “We will soon form a Shia-Sunni coordination committee that will visit the areas that have witnessed tension due to some clashes,” Geelani said.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 2 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 2 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 3 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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