Masarrat appeals Kashmiris to celebrate Eid with simplicity, austerity



Illegally detained Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Masarrat Aalam Butt has extended his heartfelt Eid greetings to the Muslims in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the world over on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr and appealed the Kashmiri people to celebrate the auspicious day with simplicity and austerity.

Masarrat Aalam Butt in a message from New Delhi’s notorious Tihar Jail also asked well off families of the territory to take care of the needy, especially families of martyrs who have scarified their lives to get their motherland freed from Indian slavery.

He also urged people to pray for the release of illegally detained Kashmiri political leaders who are being meted out ill treatment in the Indian jails, adding these Kashmiri leaders are facing tremendous hardships and even basic healthcare is not available to them.

Masarrat Aalam Butt said Eid is an occasion of joy and festivity, however, for the subjugated Kashmiris and all other oppressed people, real Eid is when they achieve complete freedom from illegal occupations. He said Eid is the day of seeking forgiveness from the Almighty Allah and assured the Kashmiris that the dawn of freedom will rise and they will emerge as a free people.

Referring to the prevailing gloomy situation in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, the Kashmiri people have, so far, missed the real spirit of this auspicious occasion because of the repression and iron-fist approach of the Modi regime against the common people of the territory.

The APHC Chairman lamented that the Kashmiris had been immensely suffering for over the last seven decades because of India’s intransigence and its belligerent policies and urged the people to forge unity among their ranks to foil the nefarious designs of the fascist Modi against them.

He maintained that New Delhi had been using black laws and extrajudicial methods to suffocate the Kashmiris, however, the valiant Kashmiri people had continued to resist India’s brutality without letting their quest for freedom and dignity be subdued. He said that India must remember the fact that the genuine freedom movements could not be suppressed through militaristic means.

The APHC Chairman, strongly condemning the repeated closure of Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid and other mosques and shrines by the authorities, said not allowing congregational prayers on special occasions is deeply distressing and against the fundamental right to religious practice.

Meanwhile, Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar on behalf of the association and its incarcerated chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq greeted the Muslims on the auspicious occasion of Eidul Fitr.—KMS