Demolition of mosque leads to controversy
The alleged demolition of a mosque inside the historical Hari Parbat Fort in Srinagar is facing criticism from Hurriyat leaders, reports Ahmad.
The alleged demolition of a mosque inside the historical Hari Parbat Fort in Srinagar is growing into a major controversy. While the religious leaders of all shades have condemned the demolition of the mosque as a "government's conscious action", Geelani-led Hurriyat faction has asked the people to get together to rebuild the mosque. They also urged people to hold peaceful protest demonstration after prayers on Friday.
Ashraf Sahrai, senior leader of the amalgam, told media persons that the people would rebuild the mosque on their own. Describing the demolition act as an offense to the religious sentiments of the people of Kashmir, Sharai asked people to volunteer themselves for the construction of the mosque.
"Government needs not to take up the reconstruction work. The people will reconstruct it themselves. Every person should come with two bricks and portions of other material required for the construction and amass it near the Fort", he said.
Built in 16th century by the Mughal rulers at Kohimaran in the middle of the capital city overlooking the Dal Lake, who made Srinagar their summer capital, the Hari Parbat Fort was renovated by an afghan governor in 1808. The fort housed a Parvati temple, a Gurdwara and a mosque. It was closed for 17 years back when militancy erupted on Kashmir scene and was since under the occupation of security forces. The authorities however got the Fort vacated by the security forces some time back and opened it for public on April 18 to, according to government, promote cultural tourism and preserve heritage for future generations.
However, the people were aghast on seeing the temple and Gurdwara in tact and the mosque "missing". The religious parties including Mutiheda Majlis-e-Ulema, a platform of all religious groups headed by Mirwaiz Ummer Farooq decried that the demolition of the mosque was "deliberate". Sensing the trouble government immediately closed the Fort for the public.
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