Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has denounced the authorities’ decision of once again barring congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid on the auspicious occasion of Me’raj-e-Alam (SAW).
In a statement issued to GNS, Mirwaiz said disallowing people from offering congregational prayers at the grand masjid where Masjlis-e-Tooba-e-Istighfaar was to be held has deeply hurt the religious sentiments of hundreds of people.
Mirwaiz said repeatedly locking down the grand mosque is unacceptable and said: “While the entire Muslim Ummah is observing Me’raj-e-Alam with religious fervour, thousands of Kashmiri people were deprived of their religious right and stopped from attending the traditional religious event at Jamia Masjid as stringent curbs were in place amid heavy deployment of forces. The religious rights of people are also not spared.”
“The policy of oppression being followed in Kashmir is nothing but a sheer political vendetta against the people and to punish them,” he said.
Meanwhile, a Hurriyat (M) spokesperson strongly condemned the use of force against the inmates at Central Jail Srinagar terming the move as ultimate highhandedness on part of jail authorities.
“Beating inmates have left at least five prisoners badly injured and the assault against inmates has raised the apprehensions that prisoners were living under a great risk and life threat to them,” he said.