Jamia Pulpit desecration: Need a collective strategy to foil such nefarious designs, says KEA

Srinagar: Condemning the Jamia Masjid pulpit desecration, Kashmir Economic Alliance on Tuesday called for a “collective strategy to foil such nefarious designs”.

In a statement, the KEA condemned the attempts of several masked youth to desecrate the historic mosque in Nowhatta area of Downtown Srinagar.

Yaseen Khan, who heads the KEA and Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), said Jamia Masjid is the pride of Ummah in general and Kashmir in particular and that its desecration wouldn’t be tolerated.

He appealed to the political leadership and the civil society to rise to the occasion. “There’s a need to come up with a collective strategy to foil such nefarious designs that are aimed at maligning the just cause,” Khan said, in the statement.

After the Friday congregational prayers last week, a group of masked boys entered the Jamia Masjid and desecrated the pulpit of the mosque.

The incident took place in Jama Masjid in the afternoon after the namazis had left. In the meantime his associates videotaped it.

In the video which was widely shared on social media, the hooligans can be seen on the Mimbar (Pulpit) of the mosque waving the ISIS flag. They can also be heard chanting slogans in favour of ISIS (Daulat-e-Islam).

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday held a meeting at Geelani’s Hyderpora residence in view of the incident.

At Jamia Masjid, while addressing people, Mirwaiz asked people to be vigilant and ‘expose the black sheep involved in the act.’

Moreover, former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti rang Mirwaiz to express her outrage over the incident.

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