Thousands in Srinagar offers Khawaja Diggar

Friday – October 23, 2020
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), thousands of people participated in ‘Khawaja Diggar,’ a popular religious gathering, at the Naqshband Sahib shrine in Srinagar.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), Khawaja Diggar is held on the third Rabbi-ul-Awwal annually in remembrance of the Sufi saint, Hazrat Khawaja Syed Bha-u-Deen Naqsaband Sahib (RA).

A huge gathering was witnessed at the shrine as the devotees in thousands including men and women participated in the prayers.

The devotees thronged the shrine to pay respect to the Sufi saint, who left for the heavenly abode in the year 1674.

The congregational prayers at the ‘Asr’ (post afternoon prayers) at the shrine has its own significance as Khawaja Naqshband Sahib (RA) had left for the heavenly abode at this time on third Rabbi-ul-Awwal, a religious cleric had said.

Meanwhile, ulema addressed the gathering and paid rich tributes to the Sufi saint.

Separately, the IIOJK authorities have extended ban on high speed internet service till November 12 in the occupied territory.

An order issued by home department principal secretary said that the ban on high speed 3G and 4G internet services will continue except for two districts — one in IIOJK Valley and one in the Jammu region.

The occupation authorities had ordered restoration of high speed mobile data services in Ganderbal and Udhampur districts on the night of August 16, 2020. However, in all other districts, the speed was directed to continue to be restricted to 2G only.

Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government had suspended the internet and mobile phone services in IIOJK on August 05, 2019, when it revoked the special status of the occupied territory and placed it under military siege.

Although, the Indian government claims that landline phones and 2G internet services have been restored in the occupied territory but the residents continue to suffer immensely due to absence of prepaid mobile and 4G internet connectivity, particularly amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Hurriyat leaders, political activists and several international organisations working for rights of common people and journalists including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders and Committee to Protect Journalists have time and again demanded restoration of 4G internet service in the IIOJK to help the residents of the occupied territory to deal with an unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19.

However, the Modi regime has paid no heed to the pleas and keeps on extending the ban on the service.