Militant action in J&K Un-Islamic: Islamic Scholars
11 June 2001
The Indian Express
New Delhi: Leading Islamic scholars and clerics on Monday condemned the action of militants in Jammu and Kashmir of taking refuge in operating from a mosque and said it was "un-Islamic". Reacting to reports that some militants had taken refuge in a mosque in Kokernag in south Kashmir, Shahi Imam of Fathepuri Masjid Mufti Mohammed Mukarram said: "A mosque is a place of worship and none of the armed groups should cause any harm or take refuge in it." Stating that Islam did not permit such misuse of religious places, the Shahi Imam said: "Mosque is for worship and not for fighting battles." Criticisng the action, All India Milli Council said such actions were hell-bent on creating impediments in the way of forthcoming summit level talks between Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan's military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Endorsing the opinion of Shahi Imam, secretary of the Milli Council Anees-Ul-Rehman Qasmi said: "Islamic teaching do not permit such an action and misuse of religious places for battles." He welcomed the move by Hurriyat Conference to call off its anti-India agitation and asked the militant groups to follow suit so that the proposed summit was a success.