Separatists in Kashmir observed last Friday of Ramzan as ‘Quds Day’ and ‘Kashmir Day’ to attract focus of the international community on the 'pending and unresolved' issues of Palestine and Kashmir.
Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led the biggest congregation prayers --- attended by thousands of children, women and men --- in old city’s Jamia Masjid.
After expressing concern over the delay in the resolution of the Kashmir problem in his sermon, the Mirwaiz passed a five-point resolution before the devotees.
“We appeal to the international community to play its role in bringing an end to occupation of Palestine and Masjif Aqsa and help resolve Kashmir problem,” said the Mirwaiz in his resolution.
The resolution said the international community has realized that Indio-Pak relations cannot improve till Kashmir is resolved.
“This massive gathering impress upon India and Pakistan to show seriousness to resolve the problem through a dialogue process, which should include people of Kashmir,” said the Mirwaiz, who is also the head priest.
The resolution appealed to New Delhi to put an end to suppressive measures in Kashmir and create conducive atmosphere by fulfilling the demands of the Hurriyat like revocation of laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act, release of detainees, demilitarisation and space to hold peaceful rallies.
“The government of India should also come up with facts about missing persons and unidentified graves dotted across the state,” said the Mirwaiz, who also expressed solidarity with the Muslim victims of Burma and Assam violence.
The Mirwaiz expressed his reservation over the move to come up with a permanent road up to Baltal area for the annual Amarnath yatra.
“The government of India is pushing through the Supreme Court to come up with a permanent road at the cost of hundreds of trees and threat to fragile atmosphere. The SC should take into consideration the environmental hazard of such moves,” said the Mirwaiz.
He was quick to add: "Our struggle is not based on any religion or community but the right of self determination for all," said the Mirwaiz.
Supporters of the Hardline Hurriyat, headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, also observed ‘Quds Day’ to express solidarity with Palestinians.
However, Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani was detained and stopped for attending any Friday congregation. He was scheduled to say prayers in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town. “Since April 2012, Geelani has not been allowed to perform Friday prayers. The government move to stop Geelani and his associate Muhammad Ashraf Sehrahi from attending Friday prayers in undemocratic, inhuman and intervention in religious rights,” said the Hurriyat spokesman.
After detaining Geelani outside his house, the police shifted him to Humhama, while Sehrahi was detained in Tangmarg police station.
Meanwhile, some people resorted to stone pelting outside Jamia Masjid after Friday prayers. No one was seriously injured in the stone pelting incident.