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JRL asks Imams, preachers to highlight designs against Article 35-A in Eid sermons

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Srinagar, Aug 21: Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday urged Imams and preachers to use Eid sermons to educate people about the “designs of Indian state” in tinkering with the state subject law, seek people’s commitment to protest and resist this move.

In a statement issued here, the Joint Resistance Leadership urged Imams to ask people to raise their voice against the assault on state subject laws and the continuous detention of hundreds of political prisoners after congregational Eid-ul-Adha prayers across Kashmir.

“The leadership expressed serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners languishing in Indian jails for years and those booked by ED and NIA and lodged in solitary confinement and kept away from the basic medical facilities posing a huge threat to their lives,” the statement said.

They said that on one hand New Delhi is “conspiring” to change the Muslim-majority character of the state by trying to roll back state subject law and hence undermine its disputed nature, on the other hand notices and summons are being sent to resistance leadership to push them into submission.

“The leadership also asked Ulema and Imams of Masjids and shrines of Kashmir to play their role in highlighting the sacrifices offered by the people of Kashmir and the oppression unleashed on Kashmiris and convey to the world community the dire need of its intervention to stop the ongoing repression in Kashmir and resolve the dispute,” the statement added.

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