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After Geelani,Mirwaiz says Centre fuelling sectarian rift

Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq blamed New Delhi for funding a selective group of people to drive a wedge between various sects in the state.

Written by Sheikh Saleem | Srinagar | Published: April 28, 2012 1:49:34 am

Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq Friday blamed New Delhi for funding a selective group of people to drive a wedge between various sects in the state.

Addressing a congregation at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar,Mirwaiz said the government was adopting the policy of “divide and rule” to curb the “freedom movement of the people” of the state.

The government,he alleged,was using bureaucrats to divide Muslims along sectarian lines. “They (bureaucrats) by way of deception spend money on mosques and shrines but create divide among the people,” he said.

Mirwaiz said the government had nothing to do with construction of mosques and shrines. “They should not interfere in religious matters of the people,” he said.

Mirwaiz’s remarks came days after hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani blamed the government for fuelling sectarian divide in Jammu & Kashmir.

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