Thursday, June 28, 2012


Srinagar June 28 (Only Kashmir): Srinagar Kashmir remained calm on Thursday even as normal life was thrown out of gear for the fourth consecutive day after a mysterious blaze destroyed the revered Dastgeer Sahib shrine in Khanyar Srinagar.
Crying "conspiracy" behind the incident, government-appointed grand mufti or chief cleric of the state, Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad, and Pro Freedom Leader Hilal Ahmad War Chairman Peoples Political Party has called for a strike and protest march on Friday.
The state government has imposed Section 144, preventing assembly of four or more people in most parts of the old city for the past three days after stone-pelting incidents on Monday in the aftermath of the blaze.
Meanwhile Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday ordered for immediate restoration of gutted Shrine of Peer-e-Dastgeer (RA) at Khanyar strictly as per its heritage characteristic.
“The restoration of the revered Shrine should be strictly based on its heritage characteristic”, he told the Waqaf Board at a high level meeting he chaired here to discuss measures for restoration of Shrine.The Head of the INTACH, J&K Chapter, Mohammad Saleem Beg presented the images, photographs and digital documentation of the heritage structure of Peer-e-Dastgeer Shrine in the meeting preserved by the INTACH.
 The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the heritage documentation of the Shrine preserved by the INTACH. He said that this documentation could provide required basis for restorating the Shrine as per its original heritage structure.The Chief Minister also directed the Waqaf Board to immediately notify the measures and put in place befitting mechanism to safeguard the revered Shrines in the State. Meanwhile the Restoration Plan of the revered Peer-e-Dastgeer (RA) Shrine was also discussed with the Sajjad-a-Nisheen of the Shrine Syed Khalid Geelani.The Chief Minister said that the valuable suggestions and view points of Sajjad-a-Nisheen and Management Committee as also of the experts in heritage restoration subject should be factored in the process of restoration of the Shrine to its pristine glory. (OK)


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