Kashmir leader condemns prosecution of Saudi Shia Cleric

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Asia
Thursday, 04 April 2013


111Senior leader of Kashmirˈs Hurriyat Conference and the president of the Anjuman-e-Shara’ie, Shiayan, Agha Syed Hassan has condemned the death penalty awarded to leading Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir-al-Nimr and his associates in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Nimr was campaigning for the rights of religious minorities, particularly the Shia community, in the kingdom under the dynastic rule of the House of Saud.

“The minority Shia community forms an inseparable part of the Islamic Ummah, and the barbaric treatment meted out to Sheikh Nimr by the government of the centre of the Muslim World, Saudi Arabia, cannot be tolerated under any circumstances,” Agha Hassan said.

“According to an estimate, Saudi Arabia has a Shia population of about 35 lakh, and the community has been living for centuries in the resource-rich Najran region since ancient times,” he said.

“But ironically, it is this community which faces the worst exploitation and deprivation in the country,” he said.

“The Shias of Saudi Arabia are a suppressed and an oppressed community, and are not only subjected to bars on their religious practices but also penalised in reciting the azaan aloud in their mosques,” he said.

“Shiekh Nimr was leading a peaceful movement for the restoration of the rights of the community, for which thousands of Shias in Saudi Arabia have been targeted with violence and hundreds thrown into jails,” he said.

“But now the rulers of Saudi Arabia have crossed all limits by pronouncing the death penalty on Sheikh Nimr and his associates,” he said.

Agha Hassan held the US and Israel responsible for playing a covert role in the sentence, and for working behind the scenes to create rifts between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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