Latest From Hawk: Fighting For Kashmir Cause A Religious Duty

Latest From Hawk: Fighting For Kashmir Cause A Religious Duty

6 June 2012
DNA


Srinagar: A major controversy has erupted in Jammu and Kashmir over the Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s remarks that “struggle against India and supporting Kashmir cause” is a religious duty akin to namaz, roza and Hajj. “Kashmiris are fighting for a noble cause. India has no moral or constitutional right on Kashmir. Muslims are duty-bound under Islam to fight against tyranny”, Geelani said while addressing a series of condolence meetings in Baramulla district. Grand Mufti of Kashmir Bashir-ud-din, however, said the statement of Geelani can be his personal opinion. “Jihad is always for defensive purposes not for aggression. There are various types of Jihad -one is for curbing desires and another is for fighting against tyrants”, he said. The 82-year-old hawk, however, noted that there are two options for Kashmiris, either struggle for “freedom from India or migrate from this place.Geelani also stirred the hornet’s nest by saying those who support the pro-India parties like National Conference and People’s Democratic Party are harming the cause of Islam. The statement has angered the NC which quickly rebutted Geelani saying the party has lost around 1,000 workers and leaders in the last 22 year of violence. “The beauty of the Kashmiryat is that we live in the state which has diverse religious flavors.If we treat it on religious lines we dilute and kill the basic concept of Kashmiryat”, said Tanvir Sadiq, NC spokesman.