Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said Muslims of the country were facing “unprecedented onslaught from the BJP and its militant political arms” during the holy month of Ramadan.
The Valley’s politician was extending Eid greetings through an official note.
“Muslims truly lived Ramzan this year in the spirit of the holy month by facing an unprecedented onslaught on the community by the BJP governments and its militant political arms across the country with exemplary patience that’s generally associated with early days of Islam,” read the statement by Mufti.
She went on to say: “While the bulldozer became the symbol of state terror against the community, the demons of hate unleashed by the government seem to be on a rampage in every form of their choice, depending on the occasion and BJP’s Hindu Rashtra roadmap.”
“Our hallowed grand mosque, Jama Masjid, continues to be out of bound for Muslims even for Eid prayers, causing great hurt and sorrow to them, as does the prolonged detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq,” she said while raising the issue of closure of Srinagar’s grand mosque.
Mufti further expressed her solidarity with arrested journalists, students, human rights and political activists.
She writes: “We stand in solidarity with them and human rights defenders like Khurram Parvez. While in rest of the country young Muslim intellectuals like Umar Khalid and Sharjeel Imam are in jail on trumped up charges, our own Youth President Wahid ur Rehman Para has set new standards of resilience and silent resistance to targeted victimisation for following a democratic path.”
Mufti while expressing grief over the killing of the armed forces personnel, said they were becoming cannon fodder because of the failure of the leadership.
Her note further read: “While we would continue our struggle through all democratic and peaceful means, we miss on this Eid our young and old prisoners of all ages who are in jails in and out of Kashmir without any charges… Our heart goes out to the families of those who lost their dear ones in staged encounters and those who were targeted for their political or religious affiliations.”