J&K erupts in protest against US decision on Jerusalem
Massive rallies across Kashmir, Bhaderwah, Kargil; Leaders, activists of JKLF, Hurriyats join protest marches; Friday prayers again disallowed at Jamia Masjid; Mirwaiz placed under house arrest; Police impose curbs in Downtown areas; MMU passes resolution
Almost all shrines, masjids and imam baras in Kashmir reverberated with anti-US, pro-Palestine and pro-Islam slogans while massive protest rallies were taken out after congregational prayers. The call for protests was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
During Friday sermons, hundreds of religious clerics denounced the US move and said that Muslims across the world will never accept it.
‘DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST MUSLIMS’
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leaders and activists assembled at Maisuma Srinagar after congregational Friday prayers and took out a massive protest rally. According to a JKLF spokesman, the protesting Front leaders and activists, among others, included Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Muhammad Yasin Butt, Zahoor Ahmad Butt, Sheikh Abdur Rashid, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Mushtaq Ahmad Khan and Ashraf-bin-Salam. The protesters, who held placards displaying pro-Palestine slogans, also raised slogans against the US.
The protestors marched towards Budshah Chowk where they held a peaceful sit-in, the spokesman said.
Calling the US move as “declaration of war against the entire Muslim ummah”, the JKLF zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal said that this outrageous decision has “actually risked the prospect of peace and prosperity across the world.”
Kalwal said that Bait-ul-Maqdas in Jerusalem is the third holiest place of Islam and therefore no Muslim can accept the US decision silently.
“This decision shows the bias of the Trump administration towards the Muslims and is bound to infuse more tension and hatred in the world,” he said.
The Front spokesman said that JKLF leaders addressed people at Jamia Masjid Pulwama, Jamia Masjid Trichal, Jamia Masjid Dangerpora, Jamia Masjid Nohaar, Jamia Masjid Wahipora, Jamia Masjid Aarihal, Jamia Masjid Drangbal Pampore, Jamia Masjid Kiegam Shopian, Jamia Masjid Gudar Kulgam, Jamia Masjid Layino Kulgam, Jamia Masjid Sheikh-ul-Aalam Islamabad, Jamia Masjid Sideeqi Dangerpora, Jamia Hanfia Nai Basti Islamabad, Jamia Masjid Chanser Kulgam and Jamia Masjid Wouqi Kulgam.