Huge con­gre­ga­tions at Hazrat­bal, Jamia Masjid

Shab-e-Qadr ob­served with re­li­gious fer­vour

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—Shab-e Qadr was ob­served across Jammu and Kash­mir with re­li­gious fer­vor with lakhs of Mus­lims of­fer­ing night-long prayers.

Mus­lims of­fered prayers in lo­cal and cen­tral mosques and shrines across the Val­ley.

The big­gest con­gre­ga­tion was held at Hazrat­bal Shrine here where thou­sands of peo­ple joined spe­cial prayers dur­ing the night and also lis­tened to ser­mons on teach­ings of Prophet Muham­mad (SAW).

Thou­sands of peo­ple also par­tic­i­pated in night-long prayers at his­toric Jamia Masjid here where Kash­mir’s chief cleric and Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence (M) chair­man Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq de­liv­ered a ser­mon af­ter ‘Tar­aveeh’ prayers.

Ulema and re­li­gious schol­ars in their ser­mons high­lighted the teach­ings of Is­lam and var­i­ous as­pects of the life of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and urged Mus­lims to fol­low the same.

The con­gre­ga­tional night long prayers were also held at all mosques and shrines in Srinagar in­clud­ing Masjid Jamiat-e-Ah­le­ha­dithGawkadal; Asar-eSharif Janab Sahib Soura; Asar-e-Sharif ShehriKalash­pora; Ziarat-e-Makhdoom

ASHEIKH SHABIR Sahib (RA), Khan­qah-e-Maula and other Masajid and Shrines.

In South Kash­mir, con­gre­ga­tional night long prayers were held at Jamia Masjid Han­fia, Jamia Masjid Ah­li­ha­dith, Bait-ul-Muqaram and Re­hat-Ded Masjid in Islamabad (Anant­nag) town.

Night long prayers were also of­fered in Ziarat-e-ShariefKhi­ram; Kund, Aish­muqam and Bi­jbe­hara ar­eas of the district.

In Kul­gam, the big­gest night long prayer gath­er­ing was seen in Jamia Masjid. Large con­gre­ga­tional prayer gath­er­ing was also wit­nessed in KhankahTral, Jamia Masjid Shopian and Jamia Masjid Pul­wama.

Thou­sands of Mus­lims also of­fered night long prayers in all other dis­tricts of the state.

The Chief Min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti had di­rected the Di­vi­sional Ad­min­is­tra­tions of both Jammu prov­ince and Kash­mir re­gion to en­sure that all fa­cil­i­ties were pro­vided to the peo­ple es­pe­cially on ac­count of transportation, wa­ter sup­ply and elec­tric­ity dur­ing the night.

She had also di­rected State Wakf Board author­i­ties to put all nec­es­sary ar­range­ments at all Shines for devo­tees.—GK FTER the killing of eight Cen­tral Re­serve Po lice Force (CRPF) men at Pam­pore, Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party’s (PDP) al­liance part­ner, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) de­manded that In­dia should at­tack Pak­istan Ad­min­is­tered Kash­mir. Though Jammu Kash­mir as­sem­bly has no role in go­ing for or stop­ping the war, BJP did call for war ob­vi­ously to please its elec­torate.

Truth is that war is not a so­lu­tion to any bi­lat­eral is­sue be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan. Kash­mir is­sue is cen­tral in the re­la­tion of In­dia and Pak­istan. Its so­lu­tion is a key for peace for both the two neigh­bor­ing coun­tries and for the en­tire south Asian re­gion.

There is no deny­ing to the fact that both the neigh­bors have tried sev­eral for­mu­lae to set­tle the is­sue. But no for­mula has clenched the is­sue. Even di­a­logue has failed to do so.

How­ever, di­a­logue still re­mains the best op­tion to set­tle the long pend­ing is­sues be­tween the two coun­tries. Though In­dia and Pak­istan have many a time cre­ated con­ducive cli­mate for talks be­tween them­selves, some­thing or the other up­set their ap­ple­cart and strained the re­la­tion be­tween them.

The in­ci­dents like the Par­lia­ment at­tack (in In­dia), the Mum­bai at­tack and the ten­sion on the LoC al­ways give a se­vere beat­ing to the di­a­logue op­tion be­tween the two neigh­bors.

With the election of Nawaz Sharif in 2013, ex­pec­ta­tions raised that the di­a­logue be­tween the two would be pri­or­i­tized to build trust and re­solve the thorny is­sues with In­dia. And when Naren­dra Modi in­vited him to In­dia for the swear­ing in cer­e­mony in May 2014, Sharif took a re­al­is­tic path by

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