Mirwaiz Stopped From Offering Prayers: Hurriyat

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‘Govt usurping religious, social rights of people by enforcing restrictions’

SRINAGAR: Terming the continued restrictions imposed by authorities on people and resistance leadership as undemocratic and illegal, Hurriyat Conference (M) today condemned use of force to quell people’s voices.

In a statement issued here, the Hurriyat spokesman said preventing people from offering Friday prayers was “un-Islamic, oppressive and undemocratic bereft of one bit of morality”.

“By enforcing curfew for seventh consecutive day on Friday, the authorities have encroached upon the civil, social and religious rights of the people. While the authorities prevented people from offering congregational Friday Prayers at most of the masjids and Imam bargahs including historic Jamia Masjid, at the same time the Hurriyat Conference leadership was either kept under house arrest or detained at various police stations”, the Hurriyat spokesman said adding “Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was refused the religious right to offer prayers by keeping him under house arrest at New Delhi”.

The Hurriyat spokesperson condemned the authorities for usurping the religious, legal and social rights of the people by enforcing inhuman restrictions.

He said the interference in religious matters of Kashmiris was condemnable and at the same time intolerable for Kashmiris.

“After atrocious and illegal hanging of Afzal Guru, people are facing hardships due to restrictions. There is shortage of essential commodities and medicine. Children have nothing to eat while as people are running out of rations”, he said adding “Patients are suffering for want of medicine while as it has become impossible to shift them to hospitals due to strict curfew”

The spokesman said that atrocious policies of the government will fail to break the resolve of people and the pro-freedom leadership. “People and the leadership while sticking to their stand will keep peacefully fighting for self determination and freedom for they stand committed for years”, he added. 

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