Like other parts of the world, Eid ul Fitr was observed with religious gaiety and fervor across Jammu and Kashmir, the largest gathering of faithful including men and women to offer the Eid prayers was witnessed at historical Jama Masjid Srinagar.
Prior to Eid prayers, Mutahida Majlis Ulama head and Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed the mammoth gathering.
Besides shedding light on the philosophy of Eid ul Fitr, Mirwaiz prayed for the resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan, stating that Confidence Building Measures could be a starting point which would pave way for the resolution of all issues amicably, including the long-standing Kashmir issue which is lingering for the past 70 years plus.
Mirwaiz reiterated the stand of Kashmiri leadership to help bridge the divide between them, which was imperative for resolution of Kashmir issues and to devise a mechanism for dialogue and deliberations.
Demanded the opening of traditional routes to facilitate travel and trade and families and friends contact between the divided parts of Kashmir, Mirwaiz said all natural routes of divided Jammu and Kashmir should be re-opened so that people are allowed to connect to their loved ones.
Mirwaiz hoped that the New Delhi’s new ruling dispensation will take positive steps for resolution of the basic political problem and will work for its redressal to end uncertainty once for all.
Mirwaiz said at this joyful occasion, Eid ul Fitr leadership and the people of Kashmir remember and stand with all those leaders, activists and youth detained in different jails in and outside the valley over the years, adding, we also remember the martyrs of Kashmir who rendered their precious lives for resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
Pertinently, special arrangement was made by the Auqaf Anjuman Jama Masjid Srinagar to facilitate the devotees who came from different parts of Valley to offer Eid Prayers. (KNS)