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Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday appealed to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran to forge unity in the larger interest of Muslims across the world.

Speaking at a seerat conference organised by the Awami Action Committee here, Mirwaiz said the entire Muslim world is at present “in the grip of manifold challenges, primarily because the Muslims are not following in the footsteps of the revered Prophet Muhammad (SAW).”

“Enemies of Islam and Muslims across the world are hatching conspiracies by portraying Islam in a wrong way and they only aim to divide Muslims and create a wedge among them across the world,” he said.

“The only way to defeat the nefarious anti-Muslim designs and the conspiracies hatched by the enemies of Muslims is to follow the teachings of Prophet (SAW) in true letter and spirit,” he said.

Mirwaiz made a fervent appeal to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, especially to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran to forge unity and take pains in resolving multiple challenges being faced by the Muslims across the globe.

Mirwaiz said that the condition of Muslims in India is no different as they continue to be faced up with several challenges even after 65 years of India’s independence.

Muslims in India continue to face a threat to their lives and properties, he said.

“With each passing day, Muslims in India are getting killed like animals while no institution or organisation is raising a voice against this genocide,” he said.

Terming the prevailing situation in Kashmir as “very fragile and sensitive”, the Hurriyat chairman said that Kashmir being the world’s highest militarised zone continues to witness unabated human rights violations in the form of killing of innocent people, and harassment, torture, maiming and blinding of youth.

“New Delhi continues with its old rhetoric of muzzling the genuine voices of Kashmiris and crushing the sacred struggle with its military might, but has failed to do so as the freedom sentiment runs deep in the minds and hearts of all Kashmiris,” Mirwaiz said, adding that “all ploys aimed at crushing the Kashmir movement are destined to taste defeat.”

He urged the people to remain steadfast “till the final goal is achieved.”

Mirwaiz also took a dig at some elements who he said are hell bent on creating a sectarian divide in Kashmir. He said that such designs are destined to fail because Kashmir is a “vibrant and intelligent society now.”

Mirwaiz also announced that a crucial meeting of all ‘ulema’ of Kashmir region would be convened soon to discuss issues confronting the people of Kashmir.

Speaking on the occasion, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, said that the unity among the pro-freedom leadership is like a “bone stuck in Delhi’s throat” and all efforts are being made to break it. 

“Unity was forged for the larger interest of the people of Kashmir and today we take a pledge that this unity won’t be allowed to weaken, let alone broken. Those trying to break it will face stiff resistance,” he said.