Kashmir condemns 'dastardly, cowardly' attack

The ghastly terror attack at New Zealand mosques that left at least 49 worshippers dead and more than 20 injured drew widespread condemnation from various political leaders in Kashmir on Friday.

The chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani strongly condemned the terror attack on twin mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Calling the attack as “a heinous and brutal act not only against the Muslims but the whole humanity”, Geelani said in a statement that “anybody with a human heart will find his words insufficient to condemn this barbaric act”.

“We as a nation sympathise with the families of those who were killed or injured in the terror attack and share their grief from the inner cores of our hearts,” Geelani said.

The Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed shock over the terrorist attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“Shocked and deeply grieved over the barbaric attack at twin mosques in #Christchurch New Zealand. Multiple fatalities feared. Once again Humanity becomes a casualty. Condemnation beyond words. Prayers for the victims (sic),” Mirwaiz wrote on his Twitter handle.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah termed the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques as a terror attack and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families.

“Good to see most people are calling the #NewZealandMosqueFiring what it is—a terror attack. #NewZealandTerroristAttack. No words of condemnation are strong enough & no words of sympathy for the families adequate enough. May Allah grant them Jannat,” Omar wrote on twitter.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said: “Odd that neither PM (Modi) nor anyone from Congress has condemned the NZ attack. Terrorism has no religion but unfortunately it has become easy & even convenient to associate it with Islam. Is the criminal silence just because the attacks were against Muslims in mosques?” 

J&K Congress president Ghulam Ahmad Mir strongly condemned the terror attack in New Zealand, describing it as cowardly, mindless and barbaric.

Holding banners which read “New Zealand, we are grieved”, members of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) held a protest rally at Abi Guzar soon after Friday congregation prayers.

“The carnage at New Zealand has once again exhibited the ugly face of extremism and casteism; putting an immediate end to it is the need of the hour. Our hearts go out to the families which lost their loved ones in this act of savagery,” JKLF vice-chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi said.

Kashmir Economic Alliance also condemned the deadly attack and said that “terrorism has no religion.”

“The heinous attack illustrated the growing hostility towards Islam ‘idly’ watched by the world,” a KEA spokesman said in a statement.

Expressing serious concern, shock and grief over the killing of innocent Muslims in New Zealand, Karwani-Islami patron Ghulam Rasool Hami said the attack is “the direct outcome of the propaganda being carried out by the national and international media against Muslims”.

JKLF (H) chairman Javaid Ahmad Mir strongly condemned “the deadliest terror attack” and said Muslims in New Zealand were “cowardly massacred”.

Meanwhile, a number of prominent Muslim bodies in India Friday condemned the terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch in which at least 49 people were killed.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind General Secretary Maulana Mehmood Madni said that the incident was painful and condemnable.

“This is very painful and should be condemned in the strongest word. We, the Muslims, need to think as to why such incidents are happening. Of course, it is Islamophobia, but we need to look inwards as to what is wrong with the ‘ummah’ (community),” Madni told IANS.

Expressing shock over the incident, Navaid Hamid, President of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, an umbrella body of various Muslim organisations, said: “No words to express shock and grief over the killing of peaceful worshipers at Christchurch mosque in New Zealand terror attack.”

“My heart goes to the bereaved families who are victims of Islamophobia created by western policies in the last 20 years,” he added. (with IANS)