Protest by Iran, other pilgrims added new life to freedom sentiment: Sehrai
Srinagar: Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai Wednesday thanked Shia pilgrims from different countries for staging a silent protest against the “oppression in Kashmir” and showing tremendous solidarity with Kashmiri people in Kerbala and Najaf.
According to a statement issued here, Sehrai said, “When we study Karbala, we observe it was social, political and religious factors that made Imam Hussain (RA) rise to challenge ‘Yazid’. A key factor was the violation of the principles of Humanity.”
“The way people shared our pain and raised their voice in our support is commendable and such advocacy to the subjugated Kashmiri people is very encouraging for us and it has added a new life to the freedom sentiment of the people of our nation the way lakhs of people during this holy pilgrimage journey demonstrated and displayed placards in favour of Kashmiris and paying tributes to the valiant struggle of Kashmiri people,” he said.
He said that “this was meant to convey to the world in emphatic terms that Muslim Ummah will never leave their oppressed Kashmiri brothers and sisters alone in their just struggle, come what may.”
“Since last 30 years in particular Kashmiris witnessing repetition of Karbala. Our each day is “Aashura” and every occupied inch of land is “Karbala”. For us ‘Karbala’ never passes away and as we have to face “Yazidiyat” every day and facing since decades now,” he said.
Sehrai said, “Imam Hussain (RA) and his associates while sacrificing their precious lives, conveyed that believers should in no way hesitate to offer sacrifices and support in order to save human beings from oppression and suppression.”
“We, therefore, urge whole Muslim world to shun political, strategic and economic expediencies and to continue support us at this point in time, when we are facing worst kind of outrageous atrocities by Indian occupational forces and highlight our rights and plights on every occasion,” he said, adding that and not to restrict this great solidarity and eye catching demonstration to mere symbolic gesture, which only encourages brutal occupational forces to further, intensify and inflict more ‘atrocities, suppression and barbarism on innocent defenseless Kashmiris’.