Srinagar: A group of Sufi clerics from Ajmer which was on a three-day visit of the Valley said on Monday that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has nothing to do with any religion as “Islam is the synonym of peace”.
It also said that Kashmir is an integral part of India where Pakistan is hell bent to create trouble. “J&K is an integral part of our motherland India. If any part of it suffers, the pain is felt by entire motherland,” said Syed Naseruddin Chishty, founder and chairman of Janashin Sajjadanashin Council (AISSC) of Ajmer Dargah.
Chishty who was heading a 15-member delegation of the AISSC while speaking to reporters here accused Pakistan of abetting violence and terrorism in the Valley.
“Please, don’t let the bile spewed from across the borders shatter the dreams of development and prosperity of J&K. Don’t let yourself fall prey to the cancerous disease of terrorism, which is being projected in the garb of jihad from across the border,” he urged the people of J&K.
Replying to questions, Chishty and other members of the delegation admitted to the difficult situation J&K is passing through for decades but asserted, “Under the sky, every problem has a solution.”
Chishty said, “All grievances can be solved through dialogue and respect for each other keeping in mind the development and prosperity of the area concerned and of the inhabitants therein, but subject, I repeat, subject, to the national interest of our motherland.”
The members of the delegation who faced some tough questions from the mediapersons claimed that their primary object of visiting Srinagar was to assess and evaluate the problems of “our brothers and sisters here”.
Chishty said, “We would like to act as a bridge between the people of Kashmir and prosperity. Sufis have no political ambitions”.
The delegation members were at the weekend heckled by people during a visit to Hazratbal shrine and then forced them to beat a retreat to Srinagar’s famed shrine.
Following the incident, the delegation deferred their visit to the mausoleum of Kashmir’s Sufi saint Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom on the foothills of Hari Parbat or Koh-e-Maraan here....