Asif Iqbal Naik
Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmed Kichloo Friday warned the shopkeepers of Kishtwar to either follow the shutdown calls given by the Majlis-e-Shoora or be prepared to face a “social boycott”.
In his Friday sermon, Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmed Kichloo said, “some shops during shutdown call given by the Majlis-e-Shoora Kishtwar to condemn the killings of innocent civilians killings in Kashmir and against the registration of an FIR against peaceful protesters were found open.”
“Repeated violation of shutdown calls by any shopkeeper will force them to take up the path of issuing social boycott of such shopkeepers,” he said.
He asked the people to follow the decision of Majlis-e-Shoora and added that all the shutdown calls were issued after taking “everything in consideration”.
He said, “there is a need to remain united.” He asked people to follow the decision in “larger interest” of the community.
Kichloo also slammed Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti for her “rigid attitude and comments” made by her during a joint Press Conference with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
“There is a need to understand the reality of Kashmir issue,” he said and made an appeal for its immediate resolution.
He said that the FIR registered by Kishtwar police against the youths of Kishtwar “has no relevance”. “Demanding freedom and Right of Self Determination is the democratic right of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he asserted.
He also took a dig at politicians and said, “the politicians who are coinciding the term ‘secularism’ had in actually no faith (are not among Muslims).”
“Muslims should visit non-Muslims during illness, to mourn the deaths, during the need of the help,” he said.
He also issued an “ultimatum” to district administration and police against the arrest of the youths against whom FIRs were registered and asked the police to revoke the said FIRs without any further delay and threatened mass protest in case anyone among these youths is arrested.