Reacting sharply to the statement made by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani that he would launch an agitation if the State Government carried out the widening work on the track leading to the Amarnath Cave, the right wing political parties in Jammu cautioned him against “interfering in the religious affairs of a community”.
Leading the charge from the front the state President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad Dr Ramakant Dubey urged the state government to give “shut up” call to the separatist leader as “he was unnecessarily trying to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere across the State”.
“We will not tolerate this unwarranted interference by a hardliner Syed Ali Geelani in our religious matters. Who is he to poke his nose in our religious affairs, Dr Dubey said cautioning the state government. “The Muslim clergy, intelligentia and members of the civil society must ask him the straight question why is he trying to play with the fire and raising objections over the proposed up gradation work on the track of Amarnath pilgrimage”.
Dr Dubey said that Syed Ali Geelani should be given a “shut up” call.
Former state BJP Chief and member of the National executive Ashok Khajuria, who led economic blockade to valley in 2008, while reacting to the recent statement of Syed Ali Geelani, said that it has become the habit of Kashmir based political parties and separatist organizations to make such statements which are aimed at pleasing the Kashmiris and hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus.
“The Jammu region had earlier witnessed a mammoth agitation in 2008 over Amarnath land row and this time too the majority population in Jammu region would not tolerate if any road blocks were created to delay the widening work of the existing narrow track for the safety of Amarnath pilgrims,” Khahuria said.
Another prominent voice of Jammu region Prof. Bhim Singh, said that Syed Ali Geelani has made a statement without even reading the judgment of the Supreme Court which has directed the Govt. of J&K and the Shrine Board to broaden the road and make it genuinely pliable.
“There is no judgment of the Supreme Court to construct road upto the Holy Cave. The state government is expected to furnish details of its proposed work plan along the Amarnath cave route before the apex court in the first week of November,” he said.