Will Not Allow Dilution Of Jamia’s Centrality: Mirwaiz

Condemns House Detention of Geelani

SRINAGAR: Announcing that any attempt to “dilute the centrality and sanctity” of historic Jamia Masjid will not be tolerated Mirwaiz Umar Farooq stressed upon Kashmiris to stay vigilant of those forces who want to weaken the significance of the mosque, which has historically represented the religious, political, social and cultural sentiments and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

Addressing Friday gathering at Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said, “the Masjid occupies an important position in Kashmir,” adding, “at every juncture of history, apart from spreading the message of Allah, the pulpit of Jamia Masjid has always raised the voice on behalf of the suppressed people especially since 1931.”

An amalgam statement quoted Mirwaiz as having said, “during the days of Muhajr-e-Millat and Shaheed-e-Millat, Jamia Masjid was time and again targeted and on August 25, 1989, government forces laid siege of the Masjid and desecrated it hurting the sentiments of Muslims all over the valley.”

“Despite the opposition of the people to the deployment of large number of forces outside the mosque, the government paid no heed to it and continued with this ploy to provoke people and vitiate the atmosphere,” he said.

Welcoming the Amnesty International report on the completion of 25 years of the draconian law, AFSPA in Kashmir, Mirwaiz stressed upon the international community to take strong notice of the report and pressurize India into revoking the barbaric law immediately.

He said that it is the moral responsibility of UN to use its office to rescind the draconian law from Kashmir, adding, the international Human Rights bodies should also take strong notice of the damning report which documents the rights violations committed by Indian army and Indian paramilitary and police forces in Kashmir.

Mirwaiz strongly denounced the continuous house arrest of Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani especially barring him from offering Friday prayers. Mirwaiz called it as blatant interference in religious rights and obligations and termed it as dictatorial.

‘No Protests Outside Jamia without Program’

SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said that no protests should be held outside the Jamia Masjid Srinagar without the announced program by the pro-freedom leadership.

According to KNS, Mirwaiz while addressing the Friday congregation in historic Jamia Masjid condemned the use of force inside the mosque last Friday. “Whatever government has said about the incident is a blatant lie. It is shameful that such lies are spoken sans any remorse. The truth is that Jamia Masjid since decades is the centre of peoples’ aspirations. Government is hell- bent to destroy its centrality and all tactics are being made to keep people away from offering Friday prayers inside the Jamia Masjid- we will not allow this to happen,” Mirwaiz said amid pro-freedom slogans.

He maintained there should be no chaotic protests held outside the masjid as same gives police a chance to unleash terror and undermine mosque’s sanctity. “People must participate in those programs which are announced by the leadership. Even I take part in those protest marches but no haphazard protests should be allowed to be held outside,” Mirwaiz said.

He added that the locals including the senior citizens must keep a watch over the movements going on outside the masjid after the congregational prayers of Friday conclude. “On one hand if we are blame the government but on the other hand we must hold ourselves accountable. The sanctity of Masjid is supreme.”

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