February 2016 News

Al-Qaeda, Daesh No Way Linked To Kashmir Movement: Mirwaiz

13 February 2016
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who also heads moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, told leading Indian Muslim clergy that struggle in Kashmir was a resistance movement which had no links to so called global Jihadi groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS or Daesh. Mirwaiz met Imam of Delhi's historic Jamia Masjid, Maulana Syed Ahmad Bukhari, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind President, Maulana Mahmood Ahmad Madani and other Muslims leaders and exchanged thoughts over the worsening situation in the Muslim world and human rights violations in Kashmir. Expressing concern over the targeting of a particular community in India, carrying out their arrests, detentions and harassments and political victimization, the Hurriyat (M) Chairman called for an immediate end to these policies which he said were not only undemocratic but also against all principles of humanity and justice, a Hurriyat (M) statement said. 'Holding detailed deliberation over the current political situation of Jammu Kashmir with the top Indian Muslim leaders, the Mirwaiz said that Kashmir was a political issue and we demand a political and peaceful solution in accordance with the aspiration of its people', the statement read. Mirwaiz emphasised that people of Kashmir support meaningful engagement between India and Pakistan. He also hoped that Indian Muslim leadership would not remain silent towards the injustices done to the people of Kashmir. Mirwaiz strongly rejected the notion and termed the comparisons drawn between the struggle of the Kashmiris with extremism and terrorism as unfortunate and unacceptable. He stressed that the struggle of the Kashmiri people is peaceful and political, based on principle of truth and justice, the Hurriyat (M) Chairman said Kashmir's resistance movement has no link with Daesh (ISIS) or Al Qaeda and stated that people who try to relate Kashmir struggle with these groups were defaming our just struggle. Stressing that the struggle of Kashmiri people and their resistance movement was no way related to terrorism, the Mirwaiz said Islam and terrorism were two opposite poles as the great religion of Islam was meant for the welfare of the entire humanity. Explaining that some people and groups, who were promoting terrorism in the name of Islam, had no concern with it, he said these people were just maligning the great religion at the behest of anti-Islamic forces, the statement quoted him as saying.

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