Kashmir Muslim religious body warns people stoking communal tension


By Muslim Mirror Staff

Srinagar : Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Jammu and Kashmir, an amalgam of several religious parties in Kashmir, headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on September 15 warned elements who were trying to harm communal amity and unity in Jammu and Kashmir by stoking sectarian tensions.

MMU said in a joint statement released on Wednesday that it has come to their attention that two preachers from opposing sects are engaging in sectarian one-upmanship by holding debates to disprove the other.

The MMU said that no individual or organization can be allowed to establish sectarian hegemony and harm the centuries-old sectarian harmony in the erstwhile state.

The MMU urged all ulema and scholars to focus on preaching and promoting Islam’s great teachings in their respective spheres, as well as working to address social issues that are seriously threatening the social fabric.


  1. Every year 14 September is remembered as ‘Martyrdom Day’ by Kashmiri Hindus and organizations that support the cause of those who had to flee the Valley in the face of terrorism in 1990.

    The date is significant as it was on 14 September 1989 that the first major killing of a Kashmiri Hindu leader, Pandit Tika Lal Taploo, occurred in the Valley, setting the tone for the mass exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from the region on 19 January 1990.
    Pandit Taploo’s killing at the hands of terrorists was a turning point in the conflict in the region as he was then the most prominent Kashmiri Hindu leader in the Valley. It also sparked the spree of terrorist attacks on Kashmiri Hindu leaders.

    Pandit Taploo’s assassination was arguably the biggest blow to the morale of Kashmiri Hindus who had dug in their heels to stay back in the Valley. It appears that he was chosen as a target strategically to create mayhem that culminated in the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus.

    After he received many threats from the terrorists, Taploo took his family to Delhi but he came back to challenge them. Four days after he had returned from Delhi, he was attacked at his residence in Chinkral Mohalla. He publicly challenged the terrorists to dare to attack him again. On 14 September, in broad daylight he was shot dead by the terrorists.

    Muslims of the Valley also attended his funeral in large numbers. His assassination was a brutal blow to the resolve of Kashmiri Hindus and it sent shock waves among the community. They expressed their anguish by shutting all shops and business establishments for a day as a mark of protest. This was probably the first and last time that Kashmiri Hindus had observed a ‘bandh’ in the Valley.

    By the end of 1989, the demand to establish the Islamic dominion in the Kashmir Valley and separate it from India had hit its zenith. On the evening of 19 January 1990, pro-Pakistan sloganeering started from mosques in the Valley and mobs started gathering. Posters came up, asking Hindus convert to Islam and join the separatists, leave their homes or be killed.
    Lakhs of Hindus left in the following days. According to a report by Jammu-Kashmir Study Centre, a Delhi-based think-tank, by March 1990, more than 90 per cent of the Hindus residing in the Valley had left their homes



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