Desecration of (Mimbar-e-Rasool PBUH) of Jamia Masjid  Attempts being made to change course of movement, says JRL

SRINAGAR: Strongly condemning the desecration of Jamia Masjid Srinagar by some masked youth “at the behest of certain agencies”, the joint resistance leadership (JRL) said such attempts are being made not only to damage this religious centre but also to change the course of the ongoing movement.
The incident, according to a statement issued here, took place after Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar in which some masked elements “violating all Islamic teaching, values and sanctity of the mosque and exploiting the Kalima and in the name of Islam attempted to desecrate the pulpit (Mimbar-e-Rasool PBUH) of Jamia Masjid”.
The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said such hooliganism and anti-Islamic acts won’t be tolerated at any cost and that these “devious” acts can never be in the collective interest of the people.
“Under a well-planned design, attempts are being made not only to damage this religious centre but also to change the course of the ongoing movement and create an atmosphere of confusion and anarchy among the masses so that the priceless sacrifices rendered in the movement go waste,” it said.
JRL added, “(This) is not the first time that such a shameful act of hooliganism has been done. In the past too, some elements at the behest of certain agencies and handlers have indulged in rowdyism and hooliganism in and outside the Jamia Masjid. The motive of these agencies is to weaken and disunite the ongoing people’s movement of the right to self determination, and these elements are being used to divert this just movement by changing its basic nature and character under the pretence of perusing some global agenda. Such an agenda will only strength the narrative of our adversary and justify its oppression against us.”
The leadership said the people of Kashmir particularly the youth are continuously nurturing the (freedom) movement with their blood and it is because of their sacrifices that the ongoing struggle of Kashmiris is recognised at the global level.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said that Jamia Masjid has played a historical and key role in keeping the movement alive and taking the “just cause” of Kashmiris to global level.
“The people of Kashmir have given and are giving supreme sacrifices for the achievement of their internationally acknowledged fundamental birth right – the right to decide and chose their future in accordance with their wishes and aspirations – and any attempt to weaken or change that discourse, be it under any pretence, will not be tolerated by the people and leadership,” they said.
JRL said it is “most unfortunate that some youth knowingly or unknowingly get involved and used in such acts”.
The leadership said that on many occasions, it has addressed this issue in the larger interest of the movement but now it seems to have been carried “too far”.
“While aptly representing the political wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir, the pulpit of Jamia Masjid has sufficiently represented the voice of the youth and reflected their aspirations, as the youth play a significant role in our ongoing movement and helped to channelise it and give it a direction,” the leadership said.
JRL stressed upon people particularly youth to “be cautious of this propaganda of vested elements and understand the motive behind such acts that only strengthens our adversary”.