End ‘Arbitrary’ Detention Of Mirwaiz: MMU To Govt

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Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq – File Photo

Srinagar: Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), an amalgam of religious groups on Tuesday urged the state authorities to immediately release Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq saying that his continued detention is in violation of fundamental rights.

In a statement issued here, an MMU spokesperson expressed strong resentment over the continuous and arbitrary house arrest of its head and Mirwaiz-e- Kashmir, and urged the authorities again to release the incarcerated Hurriyat Chairman and allow him to resume his religious and social activities – especially as the holy month of Rabiul Awal has commenced, in which many religious gatherings are led by him.

Mirwaiz, the MMU spokesperson said is an institution indigenous to the state and revered by one and all living here. He said it was extremely sad that the pulpit of Jama Masjid has been made to fall silent for the last 15 months because Mirwaiz has not been allowed to deliver sermon, like his predecessors – the Mirwaizeen -which is famous hallmark of the central Mosque.

“This hurts the religious sentiments associated with the institution and his person,” the MMU spokesperson said.

“To incarcerate him at his home and disallow him from fulfilling his religious obligations and engage in social and welfare activities as part of his pursuit as the Mirwaiz, is not only violation of his fundamental rights but also depriving the people of the benefits that they accrue from his socio religious activities,” he added.

The joint statement issued by MMU constituent organisations, Incluyding Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid, Dar-ul-Uloom Raheemiya, Muslim Personal Law Board, Jamiat Ahle Hadeth, Jama’at-e-Islami, Anjuman Sharia’n Shian, Karwaan-e-Islami, Itihaad-ul-Muslimeen, Anjuman Himayat-ul-Islam, Jamiat Hamdania, Anjuman Ulema-e-Ahnaaf, Dar-ul-Uloom Qasmia, Dar-ul-Uloom Bilaliya, Anjuman Nusrat-ul-Islam, Anjuman Mazhar-ul-Haq, Jamiat-ul-Aima Wal Ulema, Anjuman Aima Wa Mashaa’ikh Kashmir, Dar-ul-Uloom Naqshbandiya, Dar-ul-Uloom Rasheediya, Ahl-e-Bayt Foundation, Madrasa Kanz-ul-Uloom, Perwaan-e-Wilayat, Auqaf Islamiya Khurram Sarhama, Anjuman Tanzeem-ul-Makaatib, Muhammadi Trust, and others besides educational, social and welfare bodies strongly condemned the house detention of the Mirwaiz.

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