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Justice (retd) Kirmani inaugurates In’l seminar on Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri

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Bandipora, Oct 08:  Justice (retired) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani, Monday inaugurated a one-day international conference on contribution of noted scholar of the State-Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri.

The conference was organised by Kashmir Comparative Philosophical Foundation (KCLPF) in collaboration with District Administration at Conference Hall DC Office Bandipora.

Speaking on the occasion, Justices (Retd) Bashir Kirmani in his presidential address said that Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri was a devoted scholar who tried to set a trend of mutual understanding among different schools of thought.

 

He said the noted scholar of South Asia, Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri, discussed issues on the basis of research and logic thus setting a new trend among the traditional religious scholars while keeping hold of the tradition. “We lost track with the legacy of Allama Anwar Kashmiri and there is a need to establish an Allama Anwar Shah Academy to undertake research on the contribution of this great scholar,’’ he added.

Former Direction Education Muhammad Rafi, Rector Dar-ul-uloomOnagamMoulana Sayed Haseeb were also present on the occasion.

A galaxy of scholars, academicians and intellectuals spoke during the international seminar titled “Rediscovering Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri in postmodern era” and resolved to work for establishing Allama Anwar Shah Academy that will facilitate work on Uloom-i-Anwari.

Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng in his keynote address presented a detailed account of academic status of Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri and his writing.

Keng requested scholars and academicians to come forward for further exploration into many facets of Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri.

During his welcome address, Muhammad Yousuf Mashoor said a lot of fiction has been added around the persona of Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri and proposed initiation of research on the relation of Anwar Shah Kashmiri and Allama Iqbal wherein many links have been left out by their biographers.

“Biographers have left out some vital aspects of his life which demands a proper research” Mashoor said, adding “His relation with AllamaIqbal has not been explored and documented properly with authentic references, even a lot of fiction has been added to around his persona”

Noted Scholar and columnist Dr Muhammad Maroof Shah said that Allama Anwar Shah Kashmir was a non-sectarian scholar of devoted thought who carried on with critical analysis of towering scholars like Ibn-i-Taymmia and Ibn-Qaim. “Allama studied and critically analysed books of Islamic Scholars across the varied sects” Maroof said.

Former Director Muhammad Rafi in his address projected the need of translating Allama’s writings in Urdu and English so that present day scholars can benefit from his thought.

Dr Suhail Ahmed, a physicist who teaches at Central University said that Allama was inclined to modern sciences. Suhail explained the complex relation between scientific and Islamic epistemes in light of remarks by Allama Anwar Shah.

During the conference, over thirteen research papers were presented during the two sessions of the seminar. The inaugural session was presided over by noted legal experts retired Justice Bashir Ahmed Kirmani while a religious scholar and patron Anjuman-e–Himayatul Islam Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng presented the key note address.

Among the scholars and academicians who presented their papers include Dr Imtiyaz Afree, Dr Taveer Hayat, Ghulam Rasool Jan, Dr Showkat Hussain, Dr Tanveer Rather, Dr Suhail, Showkat Husain Keng, Dr Nisar Ahmed Parra, Dr Muhammad Maroof Shah. Research Papers submitted by Sayed Ahmed Khazir Shah and Mufi Shakib Qasmi from Deoband were read by Moulana Tanveer Ahmed.


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Accord sense of security to people: PDP to Guv

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Srinagar, Feb 18: The People’s Democratic Party Monday urged the Government to ensure protection of rights of People of J&K.

In a statement issued to media, Party’s Chief Spokesperson said that aftermath of Pulwama incident, has shown signs of communal violence and misunderstandings where the common Kashmiri is suffering.

Mir said that “central government should ensure that the secular fabric of the country is upheld, the disturbing reports of denying admission and entry to Kashmiri students in various institutions is unconstitutional and no democratic government would ever allow such discrimination to happen which will eventually alienate the people further.

 

Mir said that we urge the Governor that the rights of people of Valley should not be jeopardized, we appreciate setting up of helpline for students but the Government also needs to accord a sense of security to the people, that concerns their social security. Mir said that civil society including that of mainland country must step in to ensure that communal harmony prevails and the tensions is not escalated by targeting Kashmiris in particular.

Mir said that party is grieved at the Pulwama incident and believes that the cycle of violence has only added to the loss endured. He said that “this is not the time to play politics from positions of polarity, where the anger and outrage is directed towards a common Kashmiri, Mir said.

He said that we earnestly appeal Governor sahib to ensure social security of Darbar move employees in Jammu and particularly Kashmiri students across the country, He said that the axe is unfortunately falling on innocent people who have nothing to do with politics of the state.

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Students stage protest in Sopore against attacks on Kashmiris outside Valley

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Srinagar, Feb 18: Students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) of north campus at Wadoora Sopore in north Kashmir on Monday staged a protest demonstration over growing incidents of harassment and attacks on Kashmiris by rightwing extremists in Jammu and outside the state.

The students protested inside the college premises and demanded an immediate release of Kashmiri student who was detained in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.

“Kashmiris are not safe outside and this is not for the first time that our brothers and sisters are being targeted, harassed and detained,” a group of agriculture students while talking to media said.

 

Scores of students studying in different tuition centers in Parraypora area of Srinagar also staged a protest against the attacks.

The students also expressed serious resentment over the growing attacks on Kashmiris and demanded an immediate end to it.

They also demanded the withdrawal of sedition and other cases the students in different parts of India.

The students also demanded the safety of Kashmiri students outside the Valley.

Pertinently, on Sunday police detained Tahseen Gul of Kashmir, a B.Tech student of Chitkara University in Baddi on the charges of allegedly glorifying suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar who was behind the Pulwama attack in which 49 CRPF men were killed and several others were injured on Thursday.

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Invest in establishing educational institutions in Kashmir: Rasheed to political parties

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Srinagar, Feb 18: After the Kashmiris were attacked in different parts of the country, Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) President Er Rasheed on Monday have appealed the regional political parties to assure and include in their manifesto that they will ensure opening of new professional and technical colleges in the state in the private sector and will make the legal procedure for the same easier.

Quoting Rasheed, the spokesman said that while state already lacks good professional colleges and institutions, but the ongoing assault and harassment against Kashmiri students in other states have created more need for establishing such institutions in public and private sector.

Rasheed said that many local investors have been trying hard to get permission from the competent authority to establish various much-needed colleges in Kashmir valley but unfortunately bureaucracy has been creating barriers and thus not allowing education sector to flourish beyond a certain point. It is high time for all those regional political parties who are in the race of power to make sincere and concrete promises that they will not only allow investment in the education sector without creating hurdles but will also create a huge network of professional and technical colleges in every district and region of the state.

 

“Unless main political parties including NC and PDP do not promise to make the process of establishing these institutions time-bound and easy by making necessary amendments in the laws, the aim cannot be achieved,” the spokesman quoted Rashed as saying.

Meanwhile, Rasheed welcomed actor turned politician Kamal Hassan’s statement asking New Delhi to revisit its policies and resolve Kashmir dispute by holding a plebiscite so that peace returns in the entire sub-continent.  He said, “It is good to see credible voices speaking sense and understanding the significance of finding peaceful resolutions rather indulging in spreading venom against each other”.

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