On Guru-Bhat anniversaries, separatist husband-wife raises anti-India pitch

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Feb 08, 2015 19:21 IST

Separatist firebrand husband-wife duo, Asiyah Andrabi and her husband Muhammad Qasim Faktoo, has asked people of Kashmir to have multiple wives and work towards 90s-like militant movement on the eve of death anniversaries of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat.

"If poverty is a reason for having less children then why do economically strong people have less children? It is just Western mindset creeping into the Muslim society. Marrying multiple times is considered bad. These factors are a threat to Muslim majority in Jammu Kashmir," said Muslim Deeni Mahaz chief Ashiq Hussian Faktoo, also known as Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo, in a statement issued from a J&K jail where he is serving a life sentence for his role in the killing of rights activist H N Wanchoo in 1992.

Serving more than 20 years in jail, Faktoo, who completed his doctorate behind the bars, asked people to have multiple wives and many children.

"Almost 7% J&K girls face polycystic ovarian syndrome and not bear child. Almost 10% boys suffer from depleted sperm count. Mental stress caused by presence of armed troops is affecting the fertility. Despite having 80% Hindu population in India, women are being asked to bear at least 5 children and Muslims in J&K asked to have one or two children," said Faktoo.

He claimed the conflict has left behind 30,000 widows and two lakh orphans in Jammu Kashmir. "These widows are young. Islam directs us to remarriage. We request local mosque imams to make people aware about it and request doctors not to do unnecessary birth-control surgeries, only under Shariah," he added.

Faktoo's wife Andrabi, who heads all-women Dukhtaran-e-Milat, has also come up with a separate fiery statement on the upcoming anniversaries of Guru and Bhat; both were hanged in February in year 2014 and 1984 at Tihar jail in Delhi. Guru was convicted in the 2001 parliament attack, while Bhat was hanged in connection with a murder of government officials.

"Whosoever lays down his life for the resistance movement is doing so in the way of Allah. The best way to pay homage to these martyrs is to renew our pledge to the freedom movement. Time is ripe that we stand up together and create a situation like 1990 to sabotage the evil designs of the Indian stooges," said Andrabi, who has supported shutdown and protest calls issued by separatists on these anniversaries.

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