Joint resistance leadership Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, on the request of Sikh community, has postponed the November 14 (Monday) "Lal Chowk Chalo" program in view of Guru Nanak Dev Ji's birthday.
"We believe in the golden ethos of religious freedom and tranquility. The age old strong social and communal fabric stands testimony to our rich and glorious past," the leaders, in a joint statement today, said.
However, they cleared that on November 14, only the Lal Chowk Chalo has been postponed while the rest of the day's program shall remain unchanged.
Congratulating Sikh community, the leaders said, "Like Sikhs, Pundits, Buddhists, Christians and all other sects are inseparable part of our society and we respect and honor everybody's sentiments. We don't believe in hypocrisy and dualism like the puppets of Indian rulers, who lockdown the mosques here but participate in the religious activities of others, proving the intimacy and familiarity to their coalition partners."
The leaders once again strongly criticized the Jamia Masjid lockdown and preventing the people from offering Friday prayers, saying that "India has curtailed and curbed not only our political, social and individual freedom but our religious liberties are also denied and this action is done by none other than the Muslim stooges of the forced oppressor. "Beating the drum of so-called democratically elected government, Indian rulers carry out every undemocratic move and subject the whole population to the worst kind of human rights violations through these so-called elected henchmen for the last 70 years," it said.
"We upheld our traditional, religious and cultural harmony in the darkest days of the partition when every nook and corner of the sub-continent was in flames and human blood and flesh was dissipated everywhere. But ours was the only place where there was calm, appreciated and endorsed by the Indian father of nation as well. Although our brothers and sisters were butchered in lacks in our close vicinity and we had every reason to take revenge, but our faith and religion protected this ethos," leaders said, appealing to the people to follow the programs and defeat the 'nefarious designs' of those who want to sabotage it for their own interests.