After the demise of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in 632 AD, the question of succession led to a largescale violence among the believers of Islam and the result; two major sects i.e Sunnis and Shias were formed.
Praise be to the Almighty that a group of men from both communities decided to promote peace in the city. After a meeting held by moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a delegation led by separatist Shia leader Masroor Abbas Ansari marched through streets of Zadibal and other affected areas. To nip the riotous situation and resultant trouble in the bud, wise men took this sagacious step.
May I suggest that this Peace March should not be a one-time affair but a continual feature of the capital city until perfect peace prevails in people's hearts and minds.
The PR department of the J&K govt should have persuaded some ladies to join in to lend female weight to the peace march. This may please be kept in mind for future.
It is pertinent to mention that hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani has also called for a peace march in the old city today.
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