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Published Date: Sunday 8 September 2019 - 15:08:41
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Iranian cleric Uurges Kashmiri muslims to stand up for their cause

Iranian cleric Uurges Kashmiri muslims to stand up for their cause
World  - Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamedani said that Kashmiri Muslims should show resilience and resistance if they want to uphold their rights against atrocities and crackdowns.

"If you want to secure your right, you must be prepared for martyrdom and fight," said Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani on Saturday, during his meeting with a group of Kashmiri students studying at seminary schools.

"Our government, the Leader [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei], all of us will help you," the top cleric vowed, stressing that Kashmiri clerics, in particular, must be prepared to sacrifice their lives if they want to obtain the people's right, reminding them of Iranian clerics who were marching in the front lines of protests during Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani also urged the student to set Imam Hossein (peace be upon him), the Third Shia Imam and the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as an example for their cause.

Imam Hossein and his companions were martyred in the Battle of Karbala, in Southern Iraq, in 680 AD after fighting courageously for justice against the much larger army of the Umayyad caliph, Yazid I, which some historians estimate to have been 100,000-strong.

The Shia Imam and his companions were martyred in Ashura, the 10th day of the lunar month of Muharram.

Ashura, which is the culmination of a 10-day annual mourning period, is commemorated by Shia Muslims in many countries across the world, including in Iran in particular. This day will be observed in Iran on Tuesday.

Both India and Pakistan claim Kashmir in full, but administer separate portions of it. The nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours have fought two of their three wars over the region, and their forces regularly exchange fire across a 740km Line of Control, which is the de facto border.

On August 5, India's Hindu nationalist government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked a special constitutional status accorded to Indian-administered Kashmir, imposing a communications blackout and deploying thousands of troops to the Muslim-majority state, where a rebellion has been ongoing for 30 years.

Amid a strict lockdown, hundreds of activists and political leaders, including three former chief ministers, have been detained by Indian authorities in recent weeks.

Pakistan closed its airspace to Indian traffic after aerial dogfights in February raised tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi.

It reopened its skies for all civilian traffic in July, ending months of restrictions affecting major international routes.

 

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Published Date: Sunday 8 September 2019 - 15:08:41
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