IKMT-ISK Unity: Two friendly Quarrels With Amaa Bu

Amaa Bu

Note: Amaa Bu is an anonymous Kargili, active on social media.

In his recent response Amaa Bu had pointed out two key points as a hurdle in the peace process between IKMT and ISK. Firstly, he said that despite of being Various similarities in religion, rituals, language, identity, ethnicity and innumerable other things, there are some key differences in terms of ideology between the two organisations. More exactly he said that differences are in interpretation of things, that are similar in outlook. Secondly, he questioned the cause for unity. Why Unity for materialistic benefits rather than for a greater cause like ideology or religion. I partially agree with the former and totally agree with the later.

Let me explain.

Firstly, in first friendly quarrel with Amaa Bu I would say that we have more similarities than differences. We have more point for agreement than points for contention.

Secondly, you said that those differences could understand only by few people, let’s say the intellectual class. My point is, why we need to fight over a point that we don’t understand? To solve such issues there should be discourse between clerics of both the organisation who have understanding of those differences. Moreover, these issues are differences of opinion which must be confined to opinion. It should not lead us to antagonist relations.

Thirdly, Interpretation is different by different scholars even for Quran and traditions of the infallibles. It is the beauty of Quran, traditions and the religion that give different lesson to different people according to his capacity to catch. But I don’t deny that there are elements who deliberately misinterpret Quran and tradition for their interest. But this is (potentially) not true in our case.

Fourthly, pursuing for differences leads to identity politics or ethnic conflict like that in Rwanda where the Tutsi and Hutu who had the only difference of their nose killed seven lakh people, that was 70 percent of the Tutsi population, only in a period of 100 days. However, if perceive for similarities, Hindus in India find their ancestral link to Imam Hussain (a.s.) in Karbala. Kashmiri find their links with Imam Khomeini (r.a.). Sometimes feels satisfaction in saying that Imam Khamenei had visited Kashmir when he was President of the country. When these people can unite on small ancestral links which could also be a myth why we can’t unite on basis of all these similarities which are true to the best of our knowledge?

Also Read: Syed Jamal’s three-point agenda for ISK, Peace Process on priority

Second friendly quarrel is not actually a quarrel but an addition to his point. Amaa Bu said that the unity, which is also a Quranic obligation, should be for a greater objective rather than mere materialistic cause. I agree with this. His realisation of such a critical issue reflects that Kargil has plethora of intellectual minds.

I believe that to reach at that level of understanding our society still need more time. At this moment only, few people like you has this issue a real concern. Majority of the people have concern for Roti Kapda and Makan. Most of the time or in almost all cases the ideological debate of the leader would influence or inspire only the maximum of 10-15 percent of the population. You can cross check in history. The slogans that influence the mass is Roti, Kapda and Makan. This is the reality and we have to accept the bitter reality.

So, what I suggest is, for a short period let them unite even for these material benefits. This unity itself would be a step to unite for the greater cause which you are concerned.

Keeping in mind the lengthy article the points have narrowed down. All points need to elaborate. I encourage young writers and novice thinkers to put forward their ideas also; either on this blog or on their own blog.

Your Friend/well-wisher

Anwar Ali Tsarpa

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Influential religious organization in Kargil calls for shutdown against Kashmir killings

Ladakh Express 20th July 2016: ikmt-headerIn a recent press note, influential religious organization Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust Kargil calls for a complete Shutdown in Kargil District on Thursday 21st July 2016 against the human rights violation in Kashmir valley.

As per the press note the organization has planned to stage a protest rally at Kargil town following by the Zuhar Prayers at Jamia Masjid Kargil.  Beware that the recent conflict in Kashmir Valley has killed more than 50 people and more than 3000 have been injured. As per the media reports many of the casualties are in critical condition.

A new row of demonstration and killings have been erupted in Kashmir valley after the killing of young militant leader Burhan Wani on 8th of July.

Exclusive interview with President ISK Sheikh Nazir

After the disputed presidential election in the Islamia School Kargil (ISK) on 5th April 2016, a new phase in the history of Kargil as well as ISK seems to be emerged. The “reformation” which I mentioned in former articles as a “peace process” really seems to be a “long” and tiresome process. The enigma of turning 30 years back, the power sharing formula to the newly elevated Chief Patron Syed Jamal Musavi and to know the details of Sheikh Nazir’s tour to Delhi, Ladakh Express had an exclusive interview with Sheikh Nazir Mehdi Mohammadi. Here is the interview.

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Sheikh Nazir Mehdi Mohammadi

Ladakh Express (LE): We heart that, in your tour to Delhi you met with prominent personalities, who were they and what were the agendas in the meetings?

Sheikh Nazir Mehdi (SNM): First of all we met with the representative of Wilayat e Faqi, Ayatollah Mehdavipur, in which we discussed the issue of reformation in the society. It is decided that the issue of Jama Masjid is to be solved first, without that nothing else will be discussed before. If the issue of Masjid is solved than we will discuss other issues as well; and if this is not solved than we will not be ready to discuss any other issue. He (Mehdavipur) also ensured us to solve the same first and we hope this will be solved soon. However two meetings with IKMT were held recently but ended without any result. One more meeting is being scheduled after Ramazan let’s see what happen in that.

We told him (Mehdavipur) that the points Ayatollah Mehdavipur mentioned in his letter over the issues of Kargil are not the primary concerns. The major concerns are issues in belief and jurisprudence, which include jurisprudence issues like – Jama Masjid, Mutahhary School, Qatilgah, the usurped money of Wash Rooms, moon issue, judiciary; and belief issues like – innovations they have created in the religion. All these will discuss one by one but only after solving the problem regarding Jama Masjid.

In addition we met with the representative of Jamia Al-Mustafa – Aga Salihi, in which we discussed some social issues and issues related to Islamia School.

We went to Mukhtar Abass Naqvi to congratulate him on joining Rajya Sabha. During the meeting we discussed some primary issues of Kargil. The most important among them was Zojila Tunnel on which he assured us to start work as soon as possible. Secondly we requested him to provide helicopter service for serious patients during winter season. Thirdly we discussed the airbus service for Kargil. On these issues he didn’t refused but assured to take the issue to concerned authorities. Moreover we discussed the Ladakh Scott issue and many other issues as well. We hope that all this will fulfil soon.

 LE – The points you mentioned in your last speech (on 27 June) and the points you mentioned in your former speech (on 23 May) in which you manifest to go 30 years back were contradictory.

SNM – In my first speech I told that we wish to live a life as we were before the conflicts, 25-30 years back. The idea was that at that time we had no possession over heritages. In addition we had no innovations in the religion as they (IKMT) have created. My idea was to live such a life without imposition of any innovations. Let us embrace our religion without any additions.

LE – What do you mean by innovations and additions?

SNM – Whatever is present there (in IKMT) and not here is innovation. It was not present before; i.e. was Waqfas (supplications to Wilayat e Faqi) present before? No it was not. Was chanting slogans on Ashura present before? No it was not. All these are innovations which should abolish because these are causes of conflict in the society. Why they are doing this? Is this Mustahab or Wajib; then why they are doing this? All these are issues of belief and jurisprudence which I mentioned in detail in my last speech.

LE – In the same speech you mentioned that ISK will keep politics on bay. Up to what extent you would deal with politics?

SNM – I told it before also that political issue will not be discussed inside ISK premises. We will setup a wing to deal with political affairs and would not let politics to get interfere in ISK premises.

LE – To whom you submitted the white cloth which was signed by 3300 people and what was written on that?

SNM – I wrote whatever I told you here (above).

LE – This will be my last question. Chief Patron Aga Jamal Musavi told that he will be awarded the same power as Zakiri have in IKMT. When this power sharing formula will be decided?

SNM – Here, no power is going to share with anyone. If Zakiri have the power than tell him (Syed Jamal) to have it from Zakiri, he will not get any power from us.

LE – Thank you for giving your valuable time.

ISK committee vows to continue the peace process

After receiving a letter from the representative of Wilayat e Faqi, ISK Chief Patron, Syed Jamal Musavi conducted a meeting with the “empowered committee” chosen from ISK to continue the peace process. The five-members committee which include Sheikh Ghulam Hassan Waizi, Syed Mehdi Musavi Tambis, Sheikh Asgar Zakiri Chanigon and Syed Kazim Sabiri pledged to continue the peace process while the other two – Sheikh Ali Naqi (He is not a signatory of the deal while he was present in the committee) and Sheikh Mohammad Fikr – are said to be out of station.

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In the supervision of Syed Jamal Musavi the attendants of the meeting signed an agreement pledging to continue the peace process. Speaking to the correspondent of Ladakh Express, Syed Jamal Musavi told that Ayatollah Mehdavipur has asked to continue the peace process and report back to him. He further ensured that the next meeting will be scheduled soon after reaching back the other two members of the nominated five members group.

Beware that the other faction of the ISK led by Sheikh Nazir Muhammadi is in Delhi. Sources told that he has carried together the white cloth signed by more than 2000 people. Syed Jamal pronounced that nothing has been written on the cloth. The two members of the empowered committee are also present with Sheikh Nazir in Delhi.

A five-member group from both the influential groups of Kargil met with the representative of Wilayat e Faqi in Delhi on 4th of April for the first time to embark peace talks. In addition to this five-member group another committee of three-members has also been chosen. It seems that both Syed Jamal led faction in ISK and IKMT are dedicated to reach a comprehensive peace agreement between the two groups, among whom the basis of the conflict are more ideological than interest.

During the interview Syed Jamal declined to speak anything regarding the current political instability in the LAHDC Kargil. While on the other side the politicians are associating themselves with the ISK and told that the “Council” belongs to ISK. Former Executive Councilor Rasool Naqvi blamed PDP to “divide ISK and IKMT on the same line as RSS divide Muslims into factions”. Former CEC Hanifa Jan told that “PDP has betrayed ISK not NC”. His statement also indicates that the council belongs to ISK.

Syed Jamal’s three-point agenda for ISK, Peace Process on priority

Ex President and current Chief Patron of the Islamia School Kargil (ISK), Syed Jamal kept three point agenda to accomplish in his tenure. The three agendas he mentioned in an exclusive interview with the correspondent of Ladakh Express are: to continue the Peace Process with another influential religious organisation of Kargil “ Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust”, not to re-establish the Youth Wing and keep politics at bay from the organisation.

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He mentioned the same point earlier also in his address on the occasion on which he himself was appointed as the Chief Patron. A new row of controversy has been emerged in the organisation after the “illegitimate election” conducted by only “a portion” of the organisation “without the consent” of the continuing president, Syed Jamal.

Syed Jamal announced to conduct the five-yearly election for the executive bodies of the Islamia School Kargil. On the day of election on 5th May, a faction asked to launch ballet box system about which Syed Jamal was not aware. However the former trend was to raise hands by the electoral board which is only 310 in number. This new demand for ballet box was declined by Syed Jamal by saying that it need proper arrangement and moderate conducting team. This issue soared into a full-fledged conflict; as a result Syed Jamal postponed the election and walked out. In the absence of the opponent the rival group declared Sheikh Nazir-ul-Mehdi Muhammadi as the new president showing a majority of votes gained by Sheikh. After the Friday prayers on 6th of May a proper announcement was also made declaring Sheikh Nazir as the new President. On the same day Syed Jamal issued a new public notice to the media and declared that the election has been postponed and the result shown by the rival group is not true. He also posed himself as the continuing President of the organisation. On 8th of May a public meeting was also conducted in Sankoo by the Syed Jamal faction, in which the election process was condemned and declared as illegitimate.

On 10th of May, in a Public meeting Syed Jamal was nominated as the Chief Patron in which Syed Jamal accepted Sheikh Nazir as the new president and pledged to support in all affairs, “if Sheikh believes on him”. He kept the three point agenda for the first time on that day. On the occasion of Eid e Baraat (Birth Anniversary of the 12th Imam) Sheikh pledged to reform the Youth Wing and maintained that the peace process is a long way to peace. He proposed to go 30 years back in order to sustain peace in Kargil. These two agendas seemed to be in contrary to Syed Jamal. To get more insight into the matter Ladakh Express conducted an exclusive interview with Syed Jamal.

Syed Jamal declared the election as an “act of goons” sponsored by some political figures. He declared the election as “illegitimate, goons act and politically motivated” both in his meeting at Sankoo and during the interview. Syed Jamal accepted the position of the Chief Patron and conceded election of Sheikh Nazir as the new President. Explaining his acceptance to the “illegitimate election” he told that “Clerics made down-to-earth request to him” which forced him to accept it. He accepted the position of the Chief Patron on the condition to have the same powers as “(Sheikh Hussain) Zakiri of IKMT enjoins”. The power sharing formula between the Chief Patron and the newly elected President is still inconclusive. As per Syed Jamal this is expected to be decided soon in a couple of days.

Syed Jamal has vowed to continue the Peace Process with the IKMT for which he will urge the appointed committee to continue or will replace it by a new one if needed. Secondly Syed Jamal is totally against the formation of Youth Wing. He believes that like the past “we (ISK) are not in a state of war; neither our opponents are in such a state, so we do not need a youth wing at all”. Lastly, he wishes to keep politics at bay from the organisation which creates lot of problem. He wants the people interested in politics to meet with the ISK Command in their office and not allow them to carry out political functions in the organisation premises. This stand of the Chief Patron has been advocated by the newly chosen President of the ISK, Sheikh Nazir Mohmmadi as well.

In case of not fulfilling the three agendas, Syed Jamal has vowed to “compete with them (the rivals within the organisation)”. He told that to be an antagonist of the IKMT is not good for the welfare of the society. He said that he has no problem in sending supplications to the soul of Imam Khomeini who was a Mujtahid, of whom he himself was a follower. Politicising and propagating this conflict is not good only but disadvantageous as well. Similarly in celebrating the death anniversary of Imam Khomeini is not bad as like we celebrate the death anniversary of Gandhi and Nehru, nonetheless “Khomeini was our Marja-e-Taqleed”.

ISK has received a letter from Mehdavipur to send back the representatives for peace process to Delhi to resume the talks as soon as possible. Accordingly Syed Jamal has planned to sent the delegation to Delhi and resume the peace talks. The continuing ‘Mehdavipur Peace Process’ is slightly different from the ‘Karcha Peace Process’. The Karcha Peace Process was embarked when a group of clerics from Karcha took an initiative to mediate talks for integration between the two influential prominent organisations of Kargil. The representative of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Mehdavipur also encouraged the effort for integration. The prominent well-wisher and representative of Ayatollah Sistani, Molana Qalbi Sadiq from Lucknow also urged the two organisations to cooperate in integrating the two groups. Unfortunately the Karcha Peace Process didn’t last for a long time. In the later stage Ayatollah Mehdavipur called five members delegation from both the contending parties to Delhi to embark a new round of talks.

In the past talks both the parties almost have been agreed to negotiate the Peace Talks. As a move towards a comprehensive peace agreement an incremental peace agreement was signed between the two contending parties in which both agreed to abandon hate speech against each other. This move could be seen as an availability of potential to continue the peace process. Unfortunately the current reshuffling in the apex body of the Islamia School Kargil has stalled the peace talks for a time being. With the pledge of Syed Jamal this is expected to resume soon.

By Anwar Ali Tharpa

Alternative way to integrate religious organisations in Kargil

By Anwar Ali Czarpa

IMG_5356Due to clear sky in Kargil sometimes it happens that the Eid moon become visible in the day time. The Eid than is called “Toe-Eid”, the Mid Day Eid. This Eid is considered to be more elated, celebrating and enjoying as it bring the news of Eid very early.

It was just like a Toe-Eid among the Kargilites especially among the youth, when we came to know that the clerics from Karcha have been took an initiative to mediate talks for integration between the two influential prominent organisations of Kargil. Like toe-Eid it was also more elated as the representative of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Mehdavipur also encouraged the effort for integration. The prominent well-wisher and representative of Ayatollah Sistani, Molana Qalbi Sadiq from Lucknow also urged the two organisations to cooperate in integrating the two groups.

The letter wrote from the office of Ayatollah Mehadavipur worked as a green traffic light after which the student’s organisations, beginning by AKSUD, wrote series of letters to the chairman of both the organisations urging to integrate “for the welfare of the society”. This reflects the quest of the people to integrate the two religious Idaras. In the mean while people from Kargil to Delhi and youth studying in different nooks of the country are keen to look for the outcome of this historical effort. To remember this in history I would like to name this initiative as “KARCHA PEACE INITIATIVE”.

WHAT KIND OF SOLUTION IS NEEDED?

For the same cause many initiatives have been taken in past also ‘but failed’. The major reasons for the failure were non-cooperation from the disputants and lack of planning from the mediators. In most of the cases one party asked for a “zero sum game”, which obviously would lead to failure of the negotiation. What we needed here is a “win-win solution” for the problem, in which both the party would remain in satisfaction. Both the parties have to compromise on some issues for which Ayatollah Mehdavipur also urged to “cooperate”. If I am not wrong, “cooperate” in the letter means not to come in the talks only, but to make a decision for integration by looking for the greater benefit.

Till date, what happens in the talks doesn’t seem to move towards a positive resolution of the conflict. The Islamia School Kargil (ISK) asked the other party to hand-over all the Muttahhary schools, pay the amount of Qatilgah and Jama Masjid Kargil and to dissolve the whole IKMT with all its major branches. Fortunately IKMT was ready to accept the prolonged list of conditions except dissolution, but on the condition that ISK along with the clerics from IKMT should conduct election for all its posts which have not being done since 1992. This only condition is not being accepted by the other side. In this condition it seems that this effort is also going in vain.

Another solution which I would suggest here is to make a referendum. An open election for all the necessary post of an organisation should do by open the voting right to all the members of both the organisations. The newly elected executives would than own both the organisation under the banner of ISK or by any new name. I think ISK shouldn’t be any problem to anyone as it has the status of central organisation in all Kargil, formed with the consent of whole Kargil.

WHERE IS THE EPICENTRE OF THE CONFLICT?

Everyone knows that both the organisations have no difference remained in beliefs. Both believe in Islamic fundamentals, fourteen infallibles and the Islamic revolution. Both conduct same events with same goal, same banners and same posters with same slogans. It means that the problem is not in ideology or belief. So the problem would be in ‘conflict of interest’. But the question is conflict of interest to whom? It would be so early to pronounce this. In case the situation remains the same or worse than a piece must be needed to pen on these factors also.

I would like to quote an example cited by the prominent cleric Sheikh Anwar. Sheikh said, Kargil is just like a boat and we all are on the boat. In personal antagonism if we all make whole in the boat we all will drown. So the only solution is to get unite and save the boat.

So along with the mediation team another role is for the youth to whom the future belongs to. They should urge both the organisations to integrate for greater benefit of the society rather than remain in group for benefit of few. Along with the organisations the youths should urge all those for integration who are creating hurdle in the way of mediation and integration. Some may thwart this resolution just because of personnel deceitful interest.

If the region really wants to condole Imam of the time, Mehdi (a.s.) on this coming Chehlum of Imam Hussain (a.s.) than everyone should play their own part to bring towards a resolution to the prolonged conflict in the region which is resulting in the backwardness of the region.

Anwar Ali Czarpa is a student of Peace and Conflict Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. He is also a pass out of Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.

IKMT Pay Condolence to Nepal Earthquake Victims

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Imam Khomeini (R.A) Memorial Trust Kargil express its grief solidarity with recent earthquake victims of Nepal where morethan 3200 killed and 6000 have been injured.

Imam Khomeini (R.A) Memorial Trust Kargil on behalf of the people of Kargil, Ladakh express its shock and grief over recent devastating earthquake which hit Nepal and surrounding states of our country in which thousands of precious human lives have been lost with massive damages to infrastructure.
In this moment of grief and sorrow, the people of Kargil (Ladakh) stand by the victims and share equal pain and agony with affected people of Nepal as well as all other earthquake hit areas.
We Pray Almighty Allah for the peace of the departed souls and speedy recovery of the injured.

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The death toll from Nepal’s earthquake is at 3,218, according to a police official. An additional 6,538 people have been injured in the Saturday quake, the worst in the country in 81 years.

The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 18 people on the mountain. An additional 61 were left injured and an unknown number are still missing.

Scientists and disaster management experts have said poor building construction in poverty-stricken parts of Nepal, combined with Saturday’s powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake, lies behind the rising 3,200 person death toll.