Srinagar: Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was barred from offering Friday prayers for the sixth consecutive week as police refused to allow him come out of his residence on Friday.
The joint resistance had decided to offer Friday prayers at Budgam to pay homage to the 8 boys killed by the government forces and express solidarity with their bereaved families and the people of Budgam.
But as usual the state forcibly disallowed leaders from doing so and all roads leading to Budgam were sealed and off curbs imposed in the entire town.
Denouncing this attitude of the authorities Hurriyat said the repeated highhandedness of those in power had outlived its effectiveness and only further exposed the anti Kashmiri and suppressive mindset of the state.
The Hurriyat further stated that brazen violation and repression of the religious rights of Kashmiri Muslims had become the norm in the Muslim majority disputed territory. Preventing people from offering prayers, locking down Mosques, Khanqahs and Imambaras as and when desired, harassing prayer goers and beating them had become the order of the day in Kashmir and only evoked contempt and defiance against those occupying us.
Referring to the recent statement by Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh vis a vis Kashmir as provocative, Hurriyat said that he had touched a new low by threatening Kashmiris and endorsing the Army Chiefs belligerent statement against the people of Kashmir.
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