May 10 reminds painful story of destruction of Sheikh Noorud Din Wali’s shrine


Today is May 10, which reminds the painful story of destruction of Jammu and Kashmir’s centuries’ old shrine of famous religious scholar, Sheikh Noorud Din Wali (RA) at Charar-e-Sharif in Budgam at the hands of Indian occupation troops, 27 years ago.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service said, it was on the intervening night of May 10 and 11 in 1995 when Charar-i-Sharief went up in raging flames, to the chagrin and heartbreak of the Kashmiri people.

The Charar-e-Sharief complex included a historic mosque and hundreds of residential houses that were also destroyed by Indian troops during a military siege operation that continued for 66 days.

About 1,000 houses and 200 shops in the mountain town of Charar-e-Sharief were gutted. The shrine was put on fire by the Indian troops on the night of 10th May in 1995 and was reduced to smithereens, the very next day.

The report said that the occupation forces had desecrated over 130 religious places including mosques, shrines and dargahs in the occupied territory. The All Parties Hurriyat Conference on the occasion maintained that people of Jammu and Kashmir were determined to continue their struggle, despite all odds.—INP

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