Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) and president Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday strongly condemned the vandalising of properties of militant commanders and desecrating the graves of slain militants in southern districts of the Valley.
Addressing religious gatherings at Narwara and Nowshehra areas, Mirwaiz welcomed the decision of the DGMOs of India and Pakistan for deciding to honor the 2003 ceasefire and to follow it in letter and spirit. “Such a decision will at least provide a huge sigh of relief to the people on both sides of LoC, who otherwise become the first causality of the border hostilities firing between Indian and Pakistani army,” he said.
Mirwaiz, however, said that the same cannot be said for the people of Kashmir, where the situation continues to be worrisome and grim. “People are the mercy of forces who continue to intimidate and harass them. Vandalizing the properties and houses of militants and desecrating their graves by forces is becoming a new way of harassment in south Kashmir villages, which is disconcerting,” he said. “Forces are now resorting to torching fruit orchards and their owners and the protesting youth are thrashed for raising objection. I strongly condemned the shameful act of desecrating the graves of slain militants terming it as savage.”
Mirwaiz urged people to reach historic Aali Masjid, Eidgah on 17 Ramdhan (Saturday) in large numbers to pay tributes to the founding father of Kashmir struggle for justice and self-determination Mujahijir-e-Milat and Mufasir-e-Quran Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Yousuf Shah on his 51st death anniversary.