Spend Concert Money On JK’s Health, Education Sector: Mirwaiz To Germany

Spend Concert Money On JK’s Health, Education Sector: Mirwaiz To Germany

25 August 2013
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Sunday urged the Germany and its Ambassador Michael Steiner to spend money they have kept for international musical concert by Zubin Mehta in Srinagar, on the JK’s ailing health and education sectors. He also said that the people of Kashmir will continue to be the epitome of Kashmir’s struggle and urged Imams of all masjids to refrain from delivering sermons that could trigger sectarian clashes. Addressing a seminar at Mirwaiz Manzil in old city on the occasion of 24th anniversary of Operation Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said, he had come to know about Germany embassy’s plans of holding an international musical concert by Zubin Mehta in Srinagar on September 7 at Shalimar garden. “I appeal Germany and its ambassador that they should spend the concert money, which seems to be many crores, on the JKs ailing health and education. We have a bad health and education infrastructure in the State,” he said. “We are not saying that Germany should give this money to Hurriyat. But if the amount they want to spend on the musical concert would be used on upgrading health and education infrastructure, we will feel obliged.” He said it doesn’t make any sense to hire a chattered plan for transporting musical instruments and lodging the musicians and other members of the crew in five star hotels here against cores of rupees. “Germany should not forget that Kashmir is a conflict zone,” Mirwaiz said. About the Operation Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said on August 25, 1989, army entered inside the Masjid with two plans-to prove that the armed resistance that had started, as a terrorist activity and to weaken the centre of the struggle. “My late father (Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Farooq) had already told the people to welcome and to open doors for those who had started new chapter of Kashmir struggle,” he said. He said hundreds of people were arrested on that fateful day and the then officials claimed in media that forces had recovered arms and ammunition from the Masjid, which was baseless. “This policy was well planned by the Government of India as it didn’t stop there. We saw desecration of Hazrabal shine, and many other Masjids and shrines of the past 22 years,” Mirwaiz said. He said at present Government of India has devised a strategy to divide the people of Kashmir on sectarian lines. “We were yet to come to terms after Gool killings, Sectarian clashes erupted in Budgam district. We have already directed the Imams of all Majsids across Kashmir not to deliver such sermons on Friday’s that would trigger sectarian rift,” said Mirwaiz, who also heads JK Mutiahida Majlis-e-Ulema, an amalgam of religious leaders of all sects. Mirwaiz alleged that Union Home Ministry is trying to divide people of Kashmir on sectarian lines. “The Home Ministry of India is patronizing some people in Kashmir to create a sectarian wedge among the masses here. But we want to convey to GOI that our struggle is not like Muslim Kashmir versus with Hindu India. Kashmir struggle is a struggle of people of entire JK,” he said. Mirwaiz said unfortunately the Masjids controlled by Wakf Board are not helping JKMMU to forge sectarian unity. “Though we have succeeded at our own level, but the Imams of the Masjids that come under Wakf Board don’t speak anything about unity,” he said. In his speech, Jamaat-e-Islami spokesman, Advocate Zahid Ali stressed that people of JK have to stand united against the oppressive policies of New Delhi. “Otherwise we won’t succeed. We have been ruled by Buddhists, Dogras, Sikhs, Mughals, and now by New Delhi. And surprisingly, China is eyeing JK now. We have to be vigilant and steadfast,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, senior Hurriyat(M) leader and JKLF(H) chairman Javaid Ahmed Mir said Hurriyar has been accepted by the world community as a pro-freedom forum representing aspirations of people of JK. “We have 550 graveyards here already. How can we form another fourm at this juncture, when we already have a house to live? Hurriyat will continue to raise the voice either by going to Pakistan, Delhi, Europe, Syria, or Saudi Arabi. We will not stop. Who will tell the world community about the repression of mainstream parties here,” he said. Senior Hurriyat (M) leaders that including Peoples League Chairman Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Zafar Akbar Bhat also spoke on the occasion and stressed on the need of standing united at this juncture till Kashmir issue is resolved as per the aspirations of people.