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Want preachers to draw a line over the concept of 'Jihad'
Strong resentment among valley residents over killing of policemen during Shab-i-Qadr
6/13/2018 11:52:27 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, June 13: Strong resentment is brewing among the valley residents against the killing of two police personnel who were posted at the court complex in South Kashmir's Pulwama district.
The incident occurred in the wee hours on Tuesday when Muslims across the world had just concluded special prayers on the holy night of Shab-i-Qadr. Militants struck at the court complex and showered bullets on the cops posted there. Due to the firing two cops identified as Ghulam Hassan Chopan and Ghulam Rasool Lone were killed.
Hundreds of persons turned up in the funeral procession of the two slain cops at Wohlutra-Panzalla, Rafiabad in Baramulla district and Gagal-Lolab in Kupwara district. Highly emotional scenes were witnessed as both the slain cops were buried. The family members could not control their emotions and they seemed to be at total loss.
The people as a whole termed the killings as barbaric and said innocents should not be killed in the name of 'Jihad' (holy war). Most of the people in the Kashmir valley are highly critical of the killing of the two policemen since the incident took place on the night of Shab-I-Qadr. They said that militants should not have targeted the policemen during the holy night while the people were seeking blessings from Almighty Allah.
"If the militants claim that they have waged a holy war (jihad) then they should have been busy with the special prayers on the occasion of Shab-i-Qadr. Rather than that these people targeted the police personnel who were discharging their duties. It is high time that people should be told that this not Jihad," said a group of people while sharing their views with Early Times.
People as a whole are critical of the preachers saying that no preacher whatsoever condemned the killing of two policemen. The people said that a strong worded statement from a group of renowned preachers should have gone out that killing of humans during the holy month of Ramadan is totally uncalled for.
Reports suggested that both the slain cops had taken Sehri (pre-dawn) meals and were on fast when they were attacked by a group of militants. One of the slain cops Ghulam Hassan used to lead Fridayprayers in his village Wohlutra-Panzalla as and when he visited his village on a vacation.
"The term Jihad has been widely misused and misinterpreted by some people for their own benefit. The preachers should clearly draw a line in this regard so that human lives are not lost in Kashmir anymore. If they fail to do so then they the entire humanity would not pardon them," said a group of residents.
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