Islamabad/ 18 Oct: A Meeting of prominent clerics was held today in South Kashmir’s Islamabad district. The meeting was chaired by Mirwaiz of South Kashmir, Qazi Ahmed Yasir.
The Police had early morning raided the house of Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir to arrest him; however Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir was not at home. He reached the house at around 1115 am against the scheduled time of 11am. Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir reached the spot giving slip to dozens of Policemen who had cordoned his residence here in Qazi Mohallah of Islamabad.
The Police had sealed the area and many clerics were disallowed to enter the residence of Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir.
At least 150 clerics including Prominent clerics from Southern Kashmir namely Moulana Mubarak from Rehat Dedi Masid, Altaf Nadwi, Mufti Zia ul Haq from Bjbehara, Umar Attari and Showkat Noorpuri from Tral, From Shopian Mufti Tariq, Mufti Aadil and Yawar Barkati, from Budgam Owais Qadri, From Pulwama,Irshad Attari, Qari Javaid, Reyaz Noori, From Kokernag, Fayaz Amjidi, Geelani Syed Tariq, From Achabal: Fayaz Amjadi, Reyaz Ahmed, Qazi Irshad, From Mattan Rameez Qadri, From Qazigund Kund: Aabid Qadri, Arif Attari, From Yaripora; Gulzar Madani, From Kunzar Tangmarg, Moulana Showkat Qadri, From Dialgam: Ishfaq Hafiz, Javid Saqafi From Awantipora, Showkat Attari, From Kulgam; Ashraf Gorsi, Ashraf Bhat, Quimoh; Moulana Bilal, Frisal and many others attended the meeting.
The clerics unanimously decided that they will collectively fight for a common minimum programme and will fight for the religious and social rights of Kashmir people. The clerics from almost all areas of South Kashmir decided that they will stay united in all the times to come and collectively fight against the issues which the Kashmiri society faces. The clerics said that any move of the state to divide various schools of thought will be strongly fought against and all of the schools of thought in Kashmir stand as one. “We will not let anyone benefit from our differences,” Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir said. The clerics also passed a resolution to work on a common programme and formed South Kashmir Clerics and Preachers Association.
Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir said that there is an urgent need for the Ummah to unite under one single banner. “This unity will be issue based,” Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir said. Mirwaiz Yasir said that it is clerics who can unite masses. “They have a great responsibility towards the society for not letting them stand divided,” Mirwaiz Said.
Mirwaiz Yasir while commenting on braid chopping said, he has access to medical reports where it has been exclusively mentioned that sprays have been used against the victims of braid chopping. He said moreover the pattern of the incidents proves it is something beyond what the state has been telling us. The incidents that were initially reported from Jammu region never returned to the region after the incidents started in Kashmir.
Mirwaiz Yasir welcomed the clerics who joined his initiative and said the forum will work for the betterment without accepting any political pressure from anyone and protect the rights of clerics operating throughout South Kashmir.
Mufti Zia ul Haq of Bijbehara said, “We welcome the move and will continue to support such initiatives.”
Moulana Mubarak said, “We should not let our individual differences benefit anyone who is not our friend. Such initiatives are a dire need of the hour.”
Moulana Umar Attari and other clerics affirmed their full support to their organization.
The meeting was interrupted by the Jammu Kashmir Police and Mirwaiz Yasir was detained after which the clerics condemned the action of Police and said, the activities of Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir being bared is a testimony to the fact that the state fears his outreach and his public support down in South Kashmir.