Srinagar, March 10: Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chairperson Syedah Aasiyah Andrabi on Saturday hit out at the chief of ‘Art of Living Foundation’ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who is in the valley to “preach peace” to Kashmiris.
Aasiyah in a statement issued to GNS said attempts are being made by Sri Sri to “mislead” Kashmiris by organizing peace conferences. She said Sri Sri instead of preaching peace to the people of Kashmir should preach it to the government forces who have are being cruel to the people of Kashmir.
“His version of peace needs also be taught to the government, its policymakers and the RSS, that is trying hard to make inroads in Kashmir,” Aasiyah said.
“The Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee, which is behind the so-called peace conference is selling the interests of Kashmiris for their own benefits. The people who are working in the NGO have long ago shown their true face. Yet again, for receiving benefits and favours from the government agencies, these people have organized this drama, in the name of peace, for undue favours,” the DeM chief added.
She said that the motive of the NGO was to “sell the blood of Kashmiris”.
“We are Muslims, Alhamdulillah; Islam means peace. We have been taught peace by the Messenger of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) a long time ago. Therefore, we do not need lectures from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on peace,” she said.
Andrabi said that peace will not prevail in Kashmir till “fascist India ends its occupation”. “We say Alhamdulillah Islam is for peace. Prophet (SAW) was the best preacher of peace. No other religion deliberates on peace so much as does Islam. Therefore Kashmiri Muslims know what peace is and how it is achieved,” she said.
Aasiyah warned the organizers, JKCC, to “stop fooling the people of Kashmir and abstain from luring people to such events”. (GNS)