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Jamiat Ulama Supports Abrogation of Article 370

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New Delhi: People offer Namaz - prayers - on Eid al-Adha at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on Sept 2, 2017. (Photo: IANS) by .

A resolution adopted by the largest Islamic forum in India said that Kashmir is “an integral part of India”. JUH, one of the most influential Muslim forums in India, also condemned separatists who have repeatedly accused India of illegally annexing Kashmir. The statement came as Pakistan has been building a narrative that Kashmir is a global Islamic issue… reports Asian Lite News

 by . The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH), the largest Muslim organisation in India, supports the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370, which gave special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

A resolution adopted by the body said that Kashmir is “an integral part of India”. JUH, one of the most influential Muslim forums in India, also condemned separatists who have repeatedly accused India of illegally annexing Kashmir. The statement came as Pakistan has been building a narrative that Kashmir is a global Islamic issue.

“As such it [Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind] can never support any separatist movement, rather it considers such movements harmful not only for India but for the people of Kashmir as well,” the resolution added.

The welfare of the people of Kashmir lies in getting integrated with India

While supporting the Modi government’s Kashmir policy, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH) head Maulana Syed Arshad Madani said that the wishes of the Kashmiri people can’t be ignored.

“We are not unmindful of the desire of Kashmiri people, their self-respect and the demand of preservation of their cultural identity,” the JUH said. “The welfare of the people of Kashmir lies in getting integrated with India.”

Lucknow: Children greet each other on Eid al-Adha in Lucknow on Sept 2, 2017. (Photo: IANS) by .
Children greet each other on Eid al-Adha in Lucknow (Photo: IANS)

The body of Islamic scholars also condemned Pakistan and said that “the enemy has made Kashmir a battlefield using Kashmiris as a shield which makes it the biggest huddle in rescuing the people from the impasse.”

Finally commenting on the clampdown issued in Kashmir, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind said that the government should restore normalcy in the region using every possible constitutional means.

“In the light of the current situation, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind appeals to the Government of India that while respecting the human rights, it must protect the life and property of Kashmiri people and use every possible constitutional means for bringing back normalcy in the region and winning the hearts of the people of Kashmir,” the statement added.

“It is our firm belief that the welfare of the people of Kashmir lies in getting integrated with India. The inimical forces and the neighbouring country are bent upon destroying Kashmir. The oppressed and beleaguered People of Kashmir are stuck between opposing forces. The enemy has made Kashmir battlefield using Kashmiris as shield which makes it the biggest hurdle in rescuing the people from the impasse. It is in the interest of the people of Kashmir that this situation must change. The current situation poses threat not only to Kashmir but to the entire region. The situation demands that we launch peaceful initiative to maintain peace and security in the region especially in view of the repercussions of clash of atomic powers.

“In the light of the current situation, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind appeals to the Government of India that while respecting the human rights, it must protect the life and property of Kashmiri people and use every possible constitutional means for bringing back normalcy in the region and winning the hearts of the people of Kashmir.”

 

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