Kashmiris demonstrate in support of the Rohingyas

Srinagar (16 Sep 2017): Protests were staged here on Wednesday against the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (Burma).  While demanding justice to the community, the protesters urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), United Nations and several other international organizations to intervene.

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Members of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), while staging a protest here against the killing of Rohingya Muslims urged OIC to intervene. Later, the protesters tried to march towards the city centre, Lal Chowk, but police foiled their attempt and detained scores of them.

Protests against the killing of Rohingya Muslims were also held at the Jama Masjid in the old city wherein the protesters appealed to United Nations to intervene into the matter.Students of Government Degree College Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district too held a protest demonstration against the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Condemning atrocities on Rohingya Muslims, various religious organizations here have called for protests after the Friday congregational prayers on September 08. Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulama (MMU) head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and heads of several religious organizations including Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir, Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith (JeA), Anjuman-e-Share Shiyian, Islamic Study Circle, Itihaadul-Muslimeen etc. in a joint statement here on September 5 appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to observe September 8 as “Solidarity Day and stage peaceful protests after the Friday prayers.” The statement added that a joint resolution framed by MMU and others would be passed in all masjids, shrines and imambaras across the Valley that will reflect Kashmiri people’s unanimous support to the Rohingyas. The statement added, “The joint resolution will later be sent to human rights organizations across the globe, OIC and also to the United Nations and other forums for immediate end to massacre of Rohingyan Muslims.”

The statement further said that young children, women and men, elderly and disabled are all being tortured, set on fire, raped, murdered and their houses burned which has forced tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee their country and become refugees in neighboring states and suffer uncertainty and hardships. The statement urged OIC to break its silence over such a serious matter and asked the world community and international human rights bodies to come to the rescue of the Rohingya Muslims by putting pressure on Myanmar government and its military to stop the killings.