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Yaum-e-Taqadus: Our doors open, visit us with your grievances, suggestions: JRL tells youth

Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership on Friday said that the youth rather than getting swayed by somethiang (ISIS) should visit the homes of the leadership with their grievances and suggestions.
Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said the desecration of Jamia Masjid was an attempt to link “Kashmir’s indigenous struggle with the global terror groups.”
Geelani gave the statement while addressing a gathering over the phone at historic Jamia Masjid where the Joint Resistance Leadership and other religious leaders had gathered to observe Yaum-e-Taqadus over the desecration of Jamia pulpit last Friday.
Mohammad Yasin Malik, the chief of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front while addressing on the gathering said the doors of the leaders are open for youth and they should put forth their grievances rather than getting swayed with something (ISIS) which is being internationally condemned.
“We appeal youth not to get swayed with something (ISIS) that is being internationally condemned by all sections of societies, rather they should raise their concerns with pro freedom leaders, ” said Malik.

He added that youth are welcome to visit the homes of Geelani and Mirwaiz in order to put forth their grievances and suggestions.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Awami Action Committee has asked people to observe January 4 (Friday) as ‘Youm-e-Taqadus’. It has asked resistance leadership and religious leaders to address people at the historic mosque tomorrow and condemn the act of sacrilege.
After the Friday congregational prayers last week, a group of masked boys entered the Jamia Masjid and desecrated the pulpit of the mosque.
The incident took place in Jama Masjid in the afternoon after the namazis had left. In the meantime his associates videotaped it.
In the video which was widely shared on social media, the hooligans can be seen on the Mimbar (Pulpit) of the mosque waving the ISIS flag. They can also be heard chanting slogans in favour of ISIS (Daulat-e-Islam).
Moreover, former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti rang Mirwaiz to express her outrage over the incident. However, Hurriyat in a statement called her outrage ‘ironical’ as Friday prayers were barred at the historic mosque most of the time during her rule.
While condemning the Jamia Masjid pulpit desecration, Kashmir Economic Alliance on Tuesday had called for a “collective strategy to foil such nefarious designs”.

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