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Killing of innocents against tenets of all religions: Bhan

Post by on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

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Srinagar, June 28: Supreme Court Senior Advocate and Chairman Kashmir (Policy & Strategy) Group, Ashok Bhan on Tuesday said that the brutal killings of innocent were against the tenets of all the religions and particularly the Islam.”

He said that the terrorists in Kashmir were on the run as they are now targeting innocent and unarmed civilians and have lost the courage and ability to majorly involve with security forces.

“The security ecosystem in place is so alert and robust that -The breed of so-called hybrid militants indulge in cowardice acts of killing unarmed innocents,” he, as per a statement, said while interacting online with Kashmiri Law students.

“The civil society and political class  should uninterruptedly appeal to these young gun-toting youngsters across the board to drop their guns and join the mainstream socio-cultural life and be good citizens. This is the high time for these militants to save their lives otherwise zero tolerance to militancy and all out cleaning operations launched shortened their lives,” he said.

He said that the brutal killings of innocent were against the tenets of all the religions and particularly the Islam.”

The Qura’an says whoever kills a soul, it is as if he had slain the entire mankind And whoever saves one,it is as if he saved mankind entirely.

“There is no room for this madness of killing the innocent people the Kashmiri society is sick of continued violence as was observed recently. Kashmiri Muslims came forward to raise their voice against targeted killings,” he added


He said that there was a protest at Lal Chowk against targeted killings. “The Grand Mufti of Kashmir Valley condemned the killing of innocent persons. Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam said that Kashmiri Pandits or Dogra Hindus are an inviolable part of Kashmir and Kashmiriyat, and they should not be allowed to leave the Valley. The Muslims of Kashmir are with their Pandit brothers,” Bhan, quoting Grand Mufti, said.

“An Imam of Anantnag mosque said after Friday prayers that killing of innocents cannot be termed as jihad. He said some people think that a Musalman is doing jihad by attacking minorities, then I oppose such acts. Islam has not allowed such jihad where minorities are killed because of their religion,”

Bhan added that Mirwaiz Molvi Omar Farooq as the Chief religious leader has been time and again asking these youngsters to shun the gun and help in ushering in the peace process.

He has been always a votary of revival of plural ethos of Kashmiriyat and return of Kashmiri Pandits back to their homeland.

Bhan added that Kashmir has a rich heritage and that dates back to more than five thousand years.It was from 14th Century and the advent of foreign rule and their policies of intolerance and rapid decline of intellectual pursuits seeped in Kashmir.

“The tyrant rulers decimated the intellectual potentials in Kashmir.Kashmiri youth has to live up to their rich heritage and not to lose their lives in militancy for nothing.They should be made conscious by elders that they wittingly or forcibly volunteer to get killed in short span and that causes devastating lifelong agony to their parents and family.

Bhan said that the youth of Kashmir live, work, study and trade unhindered in different parts of India. “They are loved, compatriots. They prosper and surely appreciate the opportunity for other natives back in the Valley They are the brand ambassadors for peace, democracy, and terror-free life. Why aren’t they speaking up to secure the right to life of other Kashmiris and appeal to new-age militants to shun the gun and join the mainstream life,” he added.

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