Separatists hail Kashmiris for denouncing attack on Amarnath pilgrims

It is highly commendable that "the people of Kashmir have retained their humanitarian values and their belief in the great Kashmir ethos is intact," the statement said.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Published:July 12, 2017 9:39 pm
Amarnath attack, Kashmir separatists leader,  JKLF chief Yasin Malik, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Kashmiris on Amarnath yatra attack, indian express news Anantnag: Security person stand guard after militants opened fire on the Amarnath Yatra in which some pilgrims were killed in Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. (PTI/File Photo)

Kashmiri separatist leaders today hailed the people of the Valley for showing their deep resentment against the killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims. A statement issued jointly by Chairman of hardline Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani, head of moderate Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik said, “The protests over this ghastly act (attack on the pilgrims) and the participation of all segments of society in them is heartening to see.”

It is highly commendable that “the people of Kashmir have retained their humanitarian values and their belief in the great Kashmir ethos is intact,” the statement said. They said this should “serve as an eye-opener to those who encourage polarisation as a political tool and leave no stone unturned to demonize a people through media and crush them by use of force for their just political aspirations that have a historical and democratic bases.”

The killing has sparked an outrage in Kashmir, with most people dismissing denouncing the attack on pilgrims. “All bloodshed on all sides is uncalled for, unfortunate and painful and should stop. That can happen only when the reality of Kashmir is accepted and ways and means of resolving the dispute addressed by the Indian State,” the separatists said.

“If the Government of India is seriously interested in the welfare of the youth of Kashmir and wants peace in the region, then it has to engage with their political sentiment and aspirations and give them the basic right to decide their future dispensation as guaranteed by the first Prime Minister of India and the international community,” they said.

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    Sudheer Thaakur
    Jul 12, 2017 at 10:22 pm
    HOW LONG WILL WE CONTINUE TO ACT BLIND DENYING GROUND REALITY. KASHMIRIYAT DIED LON G TIME AGO. JUST AS GANGA JUMNA TEHZEEB. IT HAS BEEN OVERTAKEN BY WAHABI ISLAM AND IS SPREADING FAST WITH EVERY NEW MORNING. I AM AFRAID MODI'S KASHMIR POLICY WILL BE MODI’S ACHILLES HEEL. I CAN NOT UNDERSTAND A LEADER WHO IS SO SHARP AND SMART OTHERWISE SEEMS TO HAVE DEVELOPED A BLIND SPOT ON KASHMIR. MAY BE ITS ALL IN DESTINY. EVERY HERO HAS A TRAGIC FLOW THAT LEADS TO HIS NEMESIS. ONLY WAY I CAN EXPLAIN THIS THAT SUDDENLY ON BECOMING PM HE HAS GOT AFFLICTED WITH GANDHITES- IMAGINING HIMSELF TO BE LEADER OF MUSLIMS THOUGH THEY HAD CLEARLY REJECTED HIM IN FAVOUR OF JINNAH. I PRAY TO GOD TO DELIVER HIM FROM THIS AFFLICTION.
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    Sudheer Thaakur
    Jul 12, 2017 at 10:21 pm
    I JUST HEARD MS.MUFTI SAY THAT ATTACK WAS ON OUR KASHMIRIYAT AND THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLD TRADITION OF HOSPITALITY WHERE MUSLIMS PLAY HOST TO VISITING HINDU PILGRIMS. WHAT NON SENSE. ISLAM ITSELF IS BARELY 1500 YEARS OLD. AND WHEN DID IT ARRIVE AND BECOME DOMINANT RELIGION IN KASHMIR? ON THIS POINT I DO NOT KNOW MY HISTORY BUT CAN NOT BE MORE THAT A FEW HUNDRED YEARS AGO. EVEN IF ONE WAS TO BELIEVE THE CLAIM OF MUSLIM HOSPITALITY IT CAN NOT PREDATE ISLAM BECOMING PREDOMINANT RELIGION IN THE REGION. SO THIS TRADITION WAS JUST A FEW HUNDRED YEARS OLD. AND EVEN THEN THE ISLAM THAT TOOK ROOTS IN KASHMIR WAS OF SUFI VARIETY WHICH IN APPEARANCE WAS CLOSE TO ISLAM BUT IN ITS ESSENCE WAS CLOSE TO SYNCRETIC HINDU RELIGIONS. BUT UNFORTUNATELY OVER PERIOD OF TIME SUCCESSIVE GENEARTIONS OF MUSLIMS MOVED CLOSER TO APPEARANCE ASPECT AND AWAY FROM ESSENCE AND FAULT LINES BETWEEN MUSLIMS AND FOLLOWERS OF OTHER RELIGIONS EXPANDED. AND THIS TREND GOT ACCELEARTED POST ARAB OIL SHOCK WITH ARRIVAL OF
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    Sudheer Thaakur
    Jul 12, 2017 at 10:21 pm
    ALL WHO TALK OF KASHMIRIYAT, GANGA-JAMUNI TEHZEEB LIVE IN TIME WARP. SYNCRETIC SUFI ISLAM IN KASHMIR STATRTED DECLINING MANY DECADES AGO. AND IN LAST HALF CENTURY THAT DECLINE HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY STEEPER. GANGA JAMUNI TEHZEEB WAS STRANGULATED TO DEATH DIED WHEN MUSLIMS OPTED FOR PAKISTAN. ALL THESE FORGET KNOWINGLY OR UNKNOWINGLY THAT ISLAM SINCE ARAB OIL SHOCK IN 70S HAS CHANGED. TODAYS ISLAM GOING UNDER LABEL OF WAHABISM IS SUPREMACIST AND EXCLUSIVIST. AND IS HUGELY POLITICAL. ISLAM FOR ITS ADHERENTS IS NOT A PERSONAL MATTER BUT A MATTER OF ITS BROTHERHOOD WITH OBJECTIVE OF ESTABLISHING DOMINANCE OF SHARIA OVER WHOLE HUMANITY WITH NO EXCEPTION. ALL THOSE QUOTES OF GANDHI ABOUT ISLAM BEING PEACEFUL ARE NO LONGER CONTEXTUAL. I STRONGLY BELIEVE HAD GANDHI LIVED TODAY AND GIVEN HIS COMMITMENT TO TRUTH HE WOULD HAVE ACCEPTED THAT AT THE VERY LEAST THERE WERE PARTS OF ISLAM WHICH WERE PROBLEMATIC.
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    Sudheer Thaakur
    Jul 12, 2017 at 10:20 pm
    I GET ANGRY WITH MY FELLOW CITIZENS WHO HAPPEN TO BE MUSLIMS WHO AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY REFUSE TO ACCEPT THAT THERE IS A PART OF ISLAM WHICH IS PROBLEMATIC. IN ABSENCE OF THIS ACKNOWLEDGMENT ALL THEIR DECLARATIONS OF ISLAM OF BEING PEACEFUL SOUND HOLLOW AND HYPOCRITICAL. THEIR GRIEF AT KILLINGS OF OTHER RELIGIONISTS ESPECIALLY HINDUS IN INDIA NOTHING MORE THAN A THOUGHT OUT SHAM. I WISH MUSLIMS WERE MORE HONEST ABOUT WHAT AILS THEIR RELIGION. SO WHEN THEY DECLARE THAT THOSE WHO KILLED IN NAME OF ISLAM ARE NOT MUSLIMS IT SOUNDS COMPLETELY HOLLOW AND WITHOUT CONVICTION.
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