‘Op Jamia Masjid’ Was Aimed at Stifling Voice Of Mirwaiz Farooq’

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Srinagar: Anjuman Auqaf, Jamia Masjid led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Monday that the “operation Jamia Masjid” of August 25, 1989 was aimed to hurt the sentiments of Muslims and to stifle voice of Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Farooq from championing the rights of the people of Kashmir

In a handout issued here, an Auqaf spokesperson said that the ‘infamous operation’ during which Jamia Masjid was raided and desecrated, was aimed to weaken the centrality of the Grand Masjid, hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims and to cow down the then Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Farooq  to desist from championing the rights of the people of Kashmir.

“But Shaheed-e-Millat was a courageous leader whose rock-solid resolve  could not be shaken by such conspiracies, and till date the pulpit of Jamia Masjid Srinagar continues to raise the voice of Haq and represent the aspirations of the people of Kashmir,” the spokesperson said.

He said it was highly unfortunate that since the “infamous operation”, the successive governments have been trying to weaken the centrality of this spiritual and religious centre of Muslims by time and again forcibly closing it for weeks and months together.

“Soon after the Operation Jamia Masjid, the desecration of religious and sacred places including Aasaar-e-Shareef Hazratbal, Astaan-e-Aalia Chraar Shareef, Khanqah-e-Faiz Panah Tral, Astaan-e-Aalia Khanqah, etc took place in succession and the motive was to break the unity of Muslims and hurt their religious sentiments,” the Auqaf spokesperson said.

He added that despite “repression” and other challenges, the Mirwaizeen have been discharging their duties or raising voice for the religious, social and political rights of the people of Kashmir.

“And that the pulpit of the Jamia Masjid Srinagar will always represent the sentiments and aspirations of the people,” the Auqaf spokesperson said.

The Auqaf demanded immediate release of its incarcerated Chief Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq so that he resumed his duties at the Jamia Masjid as the Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir.

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