Govt Disallows Friday Prayers At Historic Jamia

Srinagar—Authorities disallowed prayers on Friday at historic Jamia Masjid in the old city where restrictions were imposed within the jurisdictions of five police stations to prevent prayers in absentia for thirteen people killed in south Kashmir recently.

At the same time, people offered the prayers in absentia at several places in south Kashmir and parts of Srinagar on the call by Joint Resistance Leadership.

Even as the strike continued in Pulwama and Shopian districts.

Undeclared restrictions were imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of police stations Khanyar, Nowhatta, MR Gung, Safa Kadal and Rainwari.

No Friday prayers were allowed at historic Jamia Masjid at Nowhatta.

Schools falling within the areas also remain closed while colleges in entire Srinagar and most of the other parts of the Valley also remained shut for the fifth consecutive day.

Sources said that prayers in absentia were offered in many parts of south Kashmir and Maisuma, Barzulla and other of Srinagar.

Meanwhile, reports of minor clashes were received from Trehgam Kupwara and Foot Bridge Parimpora.

Meanwhile strike continued in Shopian and Pulwama districts against the recent killings of militants and civilians. 

Hurriyat (M) condemns disallowing of Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid

Hurriyat Conference (M) has strongly condemned the imposition of strict restrictions in Downtown Srinagar and preventing people from offering obligatory Friday congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar.

The Hurriyat (M) also condemned the continuous house detention of amalgam chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, barring him from carrying out social, religious and political obligations.

In a statement , a Hurriyat (M) spokesperson said, “Kashmir is witnessing an ultimate form of repression as entire south Kashmir has been converted into a military fortress.”

He said the military might of New Delhi is on a full display across Kashmir as the dance of death has become a regular feature for government forces.

Meanwhile, on the call of joint resistance leadership (JRL), Hurriyat (M) leaders including Muhammad Shafi Khan from Lal Bazar, Moulvi Bilal from Gundbal Rafiabad, Moulvi Ashraf from Malapora Sopore, Moulvi Aijaz from Khawajabagh, Baramulla, Moulvi Nazir Ahmed from Hathishah Sopore, Ghulam Nabi Zaki at Sopore, Peer Ghulam Nabi at Bota Kadal and Moulana M S Rehman at Nigeen, read out JRL resolution and sought people’s support before passing the same.

The Hurriyat (M) strongly condemned the re-arrest of its leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza stating that every now and then Waza is being lodged in jails and is not allowed to carry out his social and political activities, which is “a sheer political vendetta”.



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