Hurriyat Backs Ram Sethu, Says Faith Needs No Proof
13 September 2007
The Indian Express
Jammu: The Ram Sethu just got a surprise advocate. The Valley's separatists have lashed out at the Centre for carrying on with its Sethusamudram Project. Leader of the Hurriyat's moderate faction, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said his party condemns the 'blasphemous statements' of the Centre about Lord Rama and said 'faith needs no proof'. 'We extend our support to all those who are fighting for saving religious heritage, be it of any community... The Government has no right to interfere in the religious affairs of any community or question their faith,' said the Mirwaiz. Moulvi Abbas Ansari, who heads the Itihadul Muslimeen, said the Government has no right to question the religious sentiments of people and put deities to scientific tests and proofs. '... No one should be given the right to question or cast aspersions on the religious beliefs or shrines of millions of devout. When the Babri Masjid was demolished, we were deeply hurt. This incident has again brought into focus the fact that the Government should not do anything that hurts the sentiments of people,' he said. Separatist leader Shabir Shah, who heads the J-K Democratic Freedom Party, said he found it shocking that the Government told the Supreme Court that there is no scientific evidence to prove that Ram Sethu is manmade. 'We condemn the Centre's attitude on this issue,' he said.