ISIS flag ruckus: Mirwaiz Umer purifies Jamia pulpit, says culprits will be named soon
Srinagar: Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who is also the Chief Cleric at the Grnd Mosque in Srinagar on Wednesday led a protest march to the Jamia Masjid here against the desecration of the pulpit of the historic mosque last week.
The Mirwaiz, who heads the Awami Action Committee, a constituent of the Hurriyat, led the march of his supporters from various walks of life from RajouriKadal and purified the pulpit where some unknown ISIS supporters had displayed the flag of the global terror outfit after Friday prayers on December 28.
“Not only has the incident saddened the people of Kashmir, but there is growing demand for isolating these elements (ISIS supporters),” the Mirwaiz said, while addressing his supporters.
He appealed to the people to beware of such divisive forces who are bent on creating sectarian divide in Kashmir.
On Friday, group of youngsters, carrying ISIS flags, forcibly entered the Jamia Masjid and created a ruckus, evoking condemnation from the mosque’s management committee and the separatists.
Mirwaiz said that the names of masked youth who desecrated the historic Jamia Masjid will be made public very soon.
Speaking during a drive to ‘cleanse’ the pulpit of the mosque, Mirwaiz said the process has been set in motion to unveil the faces of masked youth who desecrated the mosque pulpit.
Amid pro-Islam slogans, Mirwaiz, who also heads a faction of Hurriyat Conference, started the cleaning drive.
Speaking during the occasion, Mirwaiz said their investigation has begun and the faces and names behind the desecration of Jamia Masjid will be made public soon.
“Some disgruntled elements at the behest of some anti-Islamic agencies by raising black flags on the very sacred pulpit of this grand mosque have hurt the sentiments of the millions of Muslims living here,” Mirwaiz said.