Days after slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani’s posters appeared in Muharram procession the Centre has red-flagged the visit of Iranian clerics to Jammu and Kashmir amid reports of fiery speeches being given by them at congregations and mosques, The Hindu reported.
The decision came after Burhan Wani dominated Muharram processions held in Kashmir last month,
Wani’s posters and speeches praising him reverberated during the processions that are held to mourn Imam Hussain, the grandson of prophet Muhammad.
As per reports Wani’s posters in Muharram processions held by Shias came as a shock to the establishment leading to high level meetings in the administration.
Hurriyat leader and chairman of Itehadul Muslimeen- a Shia religious party , Maulana Abass Ansari while addressing Shia mourners during a Muharram procession had claimed that the posters were carried out by him and had praised Wani in his fiery speech.
Meanwhile Imran Ansari, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislator from Pattan in north Kashmir, said that two men associated with the Hurriyat Conference flashed the banners of Wani at the procession.
“This should not have happened. We were mourning Imam Hussain … this is the first time that such a thing happened. Wani’s posters appeared as there were attempts to politicise the mourning. That is not the mandate,” Ansari was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
He also said that though clerics from Iran regularly visited Kashmir Valley, no cleric gave any fiery speech during Muharram.
J&K Governor Satya Pal Mallik had earlier told The Hindu that inquiries were on about the visit of the Iranian clerics.
A senior government official said they were watching the speeches being given by religious leaders including those by Shia leaders. “Since they come here for religious sermons, they are easily given visas. We are checking if they violated visa provisions,” the official told The Hindu.