7 houses damaged in Zanskar

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Oct 26: Members of minority community in Zanskar area on Friday alleged that members of the majority community have damaged seven houses in the area.
 Talking to Greater Kashmir over phone, from Zanskar, Imam Jamia Masjid Padam, Molvi Syed Baksh said: “Since we were not able to make calls since October 23 due to curbs, we could not let the people know about the exact situation. At least seven houses of the members of the minority community were razed to the ground by the members of the majority community,” he said.
 Mumtaz Ahmed, of Padam, said: “It seems that these houses have been bulldozed. We will celebrate Eid with austerity as two of our members are admitted in a Srinagar hospital. We have identified the attackers, but no action was taken against them.”
 Ahmed said there was an urgent need of changing the administrative set up as 99 per cent officers in the local administration of Zanskar belong to majority community. “We are living under constant threat. Many youth have embraced Islam along with their families without any pressure,” he said. “But the majority community members want to re-convert these families by force.”
 “We are really living on a razor’s edge. Restrictions continue in Padam and other areas despite the festival of Eid,” he said. “We, however, managed to offer prayers at the lone Jamia Masjid Paddar,” Ahmed added.
 Chairman Imam Khumeni Trust Kargil, Sheikh Muhammad Hussain Lutfi, said a human being was free to do whatever he or she wishes. “Nobody should have any objection, if somebody accepts any religion with his or her choice,” said Lutfi.
 He said when the families, who had converted, tried to live in their houses officials from the administration in connivance with members of the majority community forced them out of their homes.  “If government fails to provide security to the miniscule population of minority community in the area we will not remain silent and support our brethren in all forms,” he warned.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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