Religious, political organizations anguished at gutting of Dastgeer Sahib (RA) shrine
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Srinagar, June 26: Cutting across political and religious ideologies, the statements from various political, social and religious organizations continued to pour in on the second day today, expressing shock and grief over the gutting of revered Dastageer Sahib (RA) shrine at Khanyar here.
The state Congress president Saifuddin Soz has expressed great distress over the incident, appealing to the people to remain calm and allow the government to place the facts before them (people) as also take immediate measures to restore the Shrine to its original glory.
Jammu and Kashmir, Jamiet-e-Ahl-e-Hadith, has expressed shock and grief over the incident.
“We appeal our Muslims brothers to maintain peace and harmony at this time of grief and don’t pay heed to any rumors,” spokesperson of Jamiat-e-Ahl-e-Hadith said.
The chief patron of Jammu Kashmir Mahaz-e-Azadi (MeA) Muhammad Azam Inqilabi termed the gutting of shrine as a “national loss”.
“Our hearts are grieved over this tragedy. This may be part of a bigger conspiracy. It is the duty of pro-freedom leaders and Ulema to ascertain the facts behind the tragedy,” said Inqillabi in a statement.
President of Awami National Conference Begum Khalida Shah expressed her grief and anguish over the incident, demanding a thorough probe into the unfortunate incident to unearth the reasons behind this mishap.
Deploring the tragic fire incident, Jama’at- e-Islami J&K has appealed to the people to remain united and not to get swayed away by the malicious propaganda of the anti-Islamic forces bent upon to create wedges within the Muslim Ummah for their ulterior motives.
“Jama’at also demands a high-level impartial probe into this tragic incident in order to know the facts. Some prominent public figures must also be included in this process to make it more transparent. But till the probe is complete, no person or group should be blamed without any concrete and irrefutable evidence as per the Islamic law,” said the Jama’at spokesman advocate Zahid Ali in a statement.
Expressing sorrow over the gutting of the historical shrine, the Dal Khalsa Amritsar expressed solidarity with the people of Kashmir, cautioning them against the “evil designs of enemy.”
A spokesman of the organization said the Sikhs of Punjab stand with Muslims of Kashmir in their hour of grief.
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN), at a meeting held here today with its president and minister for agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir in chair, shared deep grief and tragedy that has engulfed the Kashmiri society as a result of this unfortunate incident. “It was observed that the shrine of Hazrat Dastgeer Sahib represented the best of Kashmiris value system and it was a focus of reverence for all residents of Kashmir irrespective of religious or other considerations. The feeling of mourning and outrage at the loss among people is understandable and has to be respected the leaders felt,” said a spokesman of the Party.
The minister of state for Hajj and Auquaf, Ajaz Ahmed Khan, has expressed shock over incident, describing it as unfortunate. However, he expressed satisfaction over the safety of holy relic and other sacred monuments despite the fire.
The Minister hoped that a new shrine complex would be constructed soon on the same design of the previous building
The minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora, has expressed his profound shock and grief over the incident, appealing people to maintain peace, calm and amity at this hour of grief. He expressed great satisfaction that all the Tubrakats including holy relic of Peer Dastgeer (RA) and rare Quranic manuscripts have been saved and are in the safe custody of Sajad Nasheen of the Shrine. He said Muslim Auqaf Board has been asked to undertake the construction of the gutted shrine complex immediately.
The Minister of state for power, CA&PD, forest and transport, Shabir Ahmad Khan, has expressed deep shock and anguish over the incident, appealing to the people to maintain calm and remain composed in this hour of sorrow. He also expressed satisfaction over the safety and security of the holy relics.
He said it is heart-warming that the sacred relics at the shrine have been saved.
Expressing shock over the incident, the MLA, Langate, Er Rasheed has demanded the immediate and honest probe into it. He said the incident had snatched a spiritual and cultural center for which Kashmiri Muslims would be mourning for a long time.
Er Rasheed said the rumors about the cause of the incident and the situation that took an ugly turn after this fire incident, has again necessitated the need of immediate and the final resolution of Kashmir issue. He cautioned that nobody should be allowed to play politics over the tragic incident which he termed to be a national loss for Kashmiri Muslims.
Adbee Markaz Kamraz (AMK) expressed deep shock and sorrow over the incident, urging the government to accelerate the process of audit of fire safety measures at the shrines of cultural significance and ensure that “our state does not lose more of its cultural edifices to human negligence”.
The Muslim Khawateen Markaz Chief Yasmeen Raja has expressed profound grief and anguish over the incident, terming it a great tragedy for Muslims of Kashmir.
She has demanded an impartial probe into the incident.
The president of Peoples’ Voice Manzoor Ahmad Siddiqi, whole expressing shock and sorrow over the incident, has demanded probe and resignation of Wakf authorities.
The chief of J & K Democratic Forum Pandit Bhushan Bazaz has expressed shock and grief over the incident. “The whole Kashmiri Pandit community was deeply shocked over the destruction of the oldest shrine of Muslims. It is not only a sad news for Muslims but for all, including Pandits as it was a symbol of prosperity and historical importance,” Bazaz said in a statement today.
Hazrat Sheikh Dawood (RH) Batamaloo, Khidmat Khalaq Foundation, at a meeting held here today with its president Moulana Muhammad Ashraf Khan in chair, expressed profound grief and sorrow over the incident, terming it a great tragic incident for the Islamic world. It has demanded immediate probe into the matter.
The Foundation has condemned the firing and teargas shelling on the devotees and other innocent people.
Expressing deep shock and sorrow over the incident, the chairman of Peoples League Mukhtar Ahmad Waza demanded an impartial probe into it. He cautioned the people against rumors, urging them to maintain unity among themselves to foil the “evil designs of enemy.”
Lastupdate on : Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 26 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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