Socio-religious institutions part of JK history, culture: Kashmir trade bodies
Srinagar, March 12: The trade bodies on Tuesday said that any attempt to weaken the socio-religious institutions and their leaders by making “motivated accusations” is direct interference in the religious matters. Addressing media persons here in Srinagar, vice president, KCCI, Abdul Majeed Mir, flanked by president KTMF Yasin Khan said that socio-religious institutions are part of our history and culture. “They have been playing vital role for the upliftment of poor, rendering immense help to orphans and imparting education and Islamic values to a majority of population,”he said. Condemning the “brazen” attempts aimed to politicize the Kashmir situation, Mir said that a section of social and electronic media is hell bent to tarnish the image of Kashmiris. “Throughout the country, Kashmiris are being targeted, may it be economically or socially. Scores of innocent people and leaders have been put behind the bars and are being intimidated. It seems that the valley is under siege,” he said. Claiming that concerted attempts are being made to cause disruptions and provoke the “peace loving population”, Mir asked the government to take corrective measures to diffuse the situation. “We are of the firm belief that under present situation, government would act more cordially to avoid harassment of Kashmiris. It should take note of the fact that Dr Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is a religious head of the state,” he added. Referring to the Mirwaiz family, he said that it is connected with the people of Kashmir for a long time. “The family has been providing platform for imparting education, inculcating of spiritual and moral values besides social services. Not only Muslims of Kashmir but even Kashmiri Pandits and Sikhs have high esteem for Mirwaiz dynasty since centuries,” The members of KEA,FCIK,KTMF(R),Jamia Traders Association(JTA),Beopar Mandal Maharaj Gunj(BMMG),Central Traders and Manufacturers Association(CTMA)and Shehr-e-Khaas Coordination Committee(SKCC) were also present on the occasion.