Srinagar, Sept 23: The sloganeering against India and in particular which is pro-Pakistan in nature in mosques across the valley has gone down and the reason – the state government has cracked the whip on clerics and caretakers of mosques which have become the centre of protests in the past two and a half months.
Mosques at several locations were reported to have been delivering politically charged and motivating sermons specially during the Friday congregational prayers, when the attendance is the highest. Most Firday protests occur specifically around these mosques in the valley.
The mosque microphones were being used by persons to play ‘taranas’ (pro-Pakistan slogans), which further fueled the protests in Kashmir that began after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.
The intensity of the protests went down after Eid on September 13 but the politically motivating sermons on Fridays had put the biggest challenge before the state government to maintain law and order in the Kashmir valley.
Mosques which had been resonating with pro-Pakistan sloganeering in Srinagar and some towns had become silent after the police brought clerics for questioning.
“The intensity of sloganeering in Baramulla mosques has gone down drastically in the past one week. We can now hear sloganeering in just a mosque or two,” said Mushtaq Sofi of Baramulla in a Tribune report
It is noteworthy to mention that instead of the police, the civil administration was given the job to do the profiling in various districts. This was done mainly to prevent police-public face-offs, which have been high in numbers owing to the unrest in the valley.
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