Govt Aid For Muslim Sects Creating Divide: Mirwaiz

Govt Aid For Muslim Sects Creating Divide: Mirwaiz

27 April 2012
Times of India
M. Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday warned the Centre and its agencies against dividing Kashmiri Muslims on sectarian lines and asked the people to give 'a befitting reply to all such elements and foil their nefarious designs'. The top cleric's comments came two days after TOI reported that the Centre is wading into the sectarian divide within Kashmir. The Mirwaiz asked the people to be mature enough to understand what is happening around them and accused the Centre of 'funding selective group of bureaucrats to create wedge between Muslims in Kashmir' at Srinagar's Jamia Masjid. Mirwaiz said he had been watching several bureaucrats, who were taking part in Islamic functions across the Valley. 'What business does state information department have to issue press releases regarding Islamic functions in Kashmir?' he asked.