Masroor Abbas Barred from Attending Ashura Functions

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Srinagar: Police barred Ittihadul Muslimeen (JKIM) President Maulana Masroor Abbas Ansari from leaving his residence for the third straight day to attend commemorative services for the martyrs of Karbala.

JKIM has strongly condemned the house arrest of its president. “During the holy days of Muharram, Maulana Masroor has been barred from performing his religious duties and activities and has not been allowed to attend Ashura gatherings”, a spokesman for the party said.

Maulana Masroor has been under house arrest since 8th Muharram. The spokesperson said that “this action reflects the sectarian mentality of the administration and that the RSS agenda is being implemented in the state from Nagpur”. The spokesman warned that such tactics would not succeed in silencing the majority voice in Kashmir.

He strongly condemned the unwarranted ban on Muharram processions and “police brutality” on peaceful mourners.” Arrests and torture of mourners in Lal Chowk on 8th Muharram, raining of pellets on peaceful mourning procession in Bemina on 9th Muharram, ban on Ashura procession and house arrest of JKIM leadership and vicious attempt to limit mourning of Imam Hussain (AS) indicates that the Shia sect has been subjected to the worst forms of discrimination which we strongly condemn”, he said in a statement.

Denying police claim of mourners resorting to violence, JKIM said, “Despite the provocative and barbaric actions of the police, there has been no violent reaction and no stone has been thrown in response because these gatherings of mourners were purely and completely religious gatherings.”

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