In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Ulema Council of Anjuman Sharie Shian, headed by Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, has said that announcement of removing the restrictions on the Muharram processions this year by the authorities in the territory was a ploy to hoodwink the world community.
The Ulema Council in a statement issued in Srinagar said that there was a constant ban on 8th and 10th Muharram processions in the territory and despite the appeals, the authorities did not remove it.
However, this year, it said the authorities announced to remove the curbs, which was nothing but to deceive the global community. It also condemned the use of brute force on mourners in Srinagar and other areas of the territory.
The Council also expressed concern over the continued house detention of Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and detention of Maulana Manzoor Ahmad Malik and said that the harassment of religious leaders could not change the ground situation of Kashmir.
It said that the Indian forces’ personnel were committing the worst kind of rights violations in the territory but the people of Kashmir would continue their struggle for right to self-determination till taking it to its logical conclusion.—KMS