‘Maintain sectarian amity and brotherhood, don’t be provoked by vested interests’

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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing media after defying house arrest. Photograph: Social media
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Srinagar: Amid growing sectarianism on social media networks ,Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman and patron Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema(MMU), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has asked the people in Kashmir, especially youth, to maintain sectarian amity and brotherhood and not be provoked by vested interests.

In a statement issued to the press a spokesman of the MMU quoted Mirwaiz as having said;“We appeal to the people, especially youth, not to get provoked as there are always some elements present in societies who want to stoke sectarian and communal tensions among people in order to create rift between sects and communities,” .

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While denouncing recent statements of some anti-unity and anti amity forces , Mirwaiz said , “such speeches and utterances only create divisions and hatred especially at a time when entire nation is standing in unison and jointly offering priceless sacrifices for the cause of freedom.”

Warning such elements, Mirwaiz said, “nobody would be allowed to damage the sectarian harmony and religious brotherhood of Kashmir and promised to fight these elements at all levels “

Mirwaiz said, “Ulemas and Imams of Masjids have a great role to play in constructing a better society and to maintain unity they should fulfill that responsibility and lead people towards the realization of Islamic ideals of compassion and tolerance.”

Mirwaiz made the remarks while interacting with a group of scholars from Shia sect at Rajouri Kadal in Srinagar.

Meanwhile the Shia scholars reaffirmed their support to the ongoing freedom struggle in Kashmir.

Of late social media in Kashmir has seen a rise in  sectarian debates involving different sects of Islam, leading to heated arguments between people belonging to different sects in the valley.

Recently a video went viral where a scholar was seen calling for beheading of those who seek unity with a particular sect. He further went on disrespecting a figure revered by a particular sect.

In December 2018 another such video of a religious scholar making derogatory and hateful comments about a particular sect went viral on Facebook.

Last year in March a video showing scholars of two different sects exchanging blows with each other was denounced by the netizens of Kashmir after it had gone viral.

Ever since the launch of high speed internet services in Kashmir, religious debates have seen a considerable rise on social media with one group trying to prove another wrong.

The pro-freedom leadership comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has time and again condemned such actions and asked youth to stay vigilant calling it a ploy of agencies to divide Kashmiris.