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SRINAGAR: Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have strongly condemned the incident that took place after Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar in which some masked elements violating all Islamic teaching, values and sanctity of the mosque and exploiting the Kalima and in the name of Islam, attempted to desecrate the pulpit (Member-e-Rasool PBUH) of Jamia Masjid stated that such anti-Islamic acts would not be tolerated at any cost.

The leadership said that it is not the first time that such a shameful act of hooliganism has been done. In the past too, some elements at the behest of certain agencies and handlers have indulged in rowdyism and hooliganism in and outside the Jamia Masjid, spokesman said Valley Media Service in a statement. The leadership said that the motive of these agencies is to weaken and disunite the ongoing people’s movement of the right to self-determination, and these elements are being used to divert this just movement by changing its basic nature and character under the pretense of perusing some global agenda. Such an agenda will only strength the narrative of our adversary and justify its oppression against us.

Leadership said that the people of Kashmir have given and are giving Supreme sacrifice in terms of life limb property and what not for the achievement of their internationally acknowledged fundamental birth right- the right to decide and chose their future in accordance with their wishes and aspirations and any attempt to weaken or change that discourse, be it under any pretense, will not be tolerated by the people and leadership, he said.

Describing it as most unfortunate that some youth knowingly or unknowingly get involved and used in such acts, the leadership said that on many occasions they addressed this issue in the larger interest of the movement but now it seems to have been carried too far.

The leadership said that while aptly representing the political wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir, the pulpit of Jamia Masjid has sufficiently represented the voice of the youth and reflected their aspirations, as the youth play a significant role in our ongoing movement and helped to channelize it and give it a direction. However, it appears now that under a well-planned design attempts are being made not only to damage this religious centre but also to change the course of the ongoing movement and create an atmosphere of confusion and anarchy among the masses so that the priceless sacrifices rendered in the movement go waste. 

JRL said that these devious acts can never be in the collective interest of the people. The people of Kashmir particularly the youth are continuously nurturing this movement with their blood and it is because of their sacrifices that the ongoing struggle of Kashmiries is recognized at the global level. The leadership said that its a fact that Jamia Masjid has played a historical and key role in keeping the movement alive and taking the just cause of Kashmiri’s to global level. JRL stressed upon people particularly youth to be cautious of this propaganda of vested elements and understand the motive behind such acts that only strengthen our adversary and stay away from it can only cause harm to our movement and the sacrifices given by the lakhs of people.

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KARGIL: Brewing and chilling cold weather in Kargil Imam Khomeini Memorable Trust Kargil observed mourning Procession on tuesday to mark demise of  Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council Ayatollah Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi died at the age of 70 late on Monday. A massive public gathering they raised a mourn juloos from Imam Khomeini Tower via central market conclude at Jamia Mosque Kargil recited  noha khawani.  

While speaking on the huge gathering Aga syed Kazim Sabri  highlighted the role and personality of Shahruddi and on behalf of people of the region condolence to The Supreme Leader, the people of Iran and the bereaved family for this great loss. 

IKMT Kargil declares Three day fatiha majlis at central mosque Kargil, and appeals the believers for mass participation in these congregational. Ayatollah Shahroudi had not attended the Expediency Council's sessions since mid-summer due to health problems. The senior cleric was appointed as head of the council in 2017, replacing the late Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. 

Ayatollah Sharoudi served as Judiciary from 1999 until 2009. He was also a member of the Guardian Council, an oversight election body. The ayatollah also represented Khorassan Razavi province at the Assembly of Experts, which is constitutionally tasked with electing and monitoring Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

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SRINAGAR: Christmas was today celebrated in Kashmir amid traditional enthusiasm and religious fervour, with special prayers for world peace, brotherhood and safety of women held at the churches across the Valley. The biggest gathering was at the Holy Family Catholic Church at Moulana Azad Road in the heart of Srinagar city, where hundreds of Christians including women and children assembled to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ and held special prayers.

The church was decorated with colourful buntings and balloons and wore a festive look. Tourists from different parts of the country and world joined the locals on the auspicious day and prayed for peace and brotherhood, especially for peace and calm in Kashmir.  'We prayed for world peace and especially for the peace in Kashmir. We wish peace to every brother and sister.", they said

"God loves everyone and that love is shown by humans too by celebrating together, greeting each other and giving gifts. We should learn to forgive people... To change the world it is a must that we own people, poor, destitutes and needy," the priest at the Family Catholic Church said. Many young girls prayed for the safety of women in the country. 'I prayed for the safety of women in the country...And that the women can roam freely in Delhi and elsewhere,' Mitchelle, a young girl from Mumbai said. She said what happened in Delhi last week was a cause of serious concern and expressed hope that such incidents would not take place in future.

Mitchelle, like many tourists, expressed happiness over the way Christmas was celebrated here, but missed snowfall on the occasion. 'We had come from Mumbai to celebrate white Christmas here, but felt a little sad as there was no snowfall,' she said, adding the celebrations were much better than Mumbai. Another tourist from Mumbai, Peter Gonsalvez expressed satisfaction over the celebration, describing it as a 'great feeling' to celebrate Christmas in Kashmir.

Similar gatherings were held at Saint Luke's church and All Saints' church in the city, Saint Joseph's Church in north Kashmir's Baramulla, the oldest Catholic Church in Jammu and Kashmir and at the Church in the tourist resort of Gulmarg. In a message, the Governor said over the past centuries the teachings of Jesus Christ, the apostle of peace, compassion and brotherhood, have guided human beings on the path of righteousness. He observed that the message of Lord Christ is perhaps more relevant today than ever before, when the world is faced with increasing hatred, intolerance and violence.

The Governor hoped that the celebration of this joyous occasion would strengthen the bonds of communal harmony, brotherhood, amity, and re-invigorate the secular and pluralistic traditions for which Jammu and Kashmir was known in the centuries gone by. He wished the people a bright and merry Christmas and prayed for peace, progress and prosperity in the State.