Reaction to Deobandi suggestion

From Times of India: “Don’t need your advice

“Separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir have rejected suggestions from Indian clerics that the Kashmir dispute needs to be resolved within the ambit of the Indian constitution.

Even as they hailed Indian Muslim leaders for criticising the security forces for high-handedness and killings, the separatist leaders have asked the clerics not to get involved in Kashmir’s ‘freedom struggle’.

The remarks came a day after the Darul Uloom Deoband and the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind (JUH) sought the axing of the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir.

But they insisted that Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim majority state, was an integral part of India and that the demands of the Kashmiris should be addressed within the framework of the Indian constitution.

The Darul Uloom Deoband is the spiritual headquarters of Sunni Islam while the Jamiat is its influential social front.

‘I salute the concern shown by Indian Muslims against the excesses committed on the freedom-seeking people of Kashmir,’ Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front ( JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik told IANS.

‘At the same time, I would appeal to the Indian Muslims not to offer solutions to the political issue of Kashmir,’ he said. ‘I fully understand their limitations in this regard.’

Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group, said: ‘Indian Muslims are faced with limitations of their own. Still, they have raised their voice against atrocities, excesses and the AFSPA.

‘We welcome this. Yet we do not expect they can afford to get actively involved in our freedom movement. They have spoken of a solution within the Indian constitution which is not in conformity with our stand.’

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