Srinagar: Dozens of members of Anjuman Auqaf, Jamia Masjid on Friday staged a peaceful protest in the old city of Srinagar demanding immediate release of Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
According to reports, dozens of Anjuman Auqaf members after offering congregational Friday prayers assembled outside Jama Masjid and staged a peaceful protest seeking release of incarcerated Chief Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq so that he resumed his duties at the Grand Mosque as the Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir.
Carrying placards and banners, the protesters denounced the continued house detention of Mirwaiz, who is also head of the Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid.
Earlier, Auqaf Vice- President and Khateeb-o-Imam Jama Masjid Syed Naqshbandi popularly known as Imam-e-Hai Friday requested Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to immediately release Kashmir’s head priest Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who continues to remain under house detention since August 5, 2019.
Delivering the Friday sermon at Jama Masjid, Imam-e-Hai said that since August last year, Mirwaiz continues to remain under house arrest and as such is not able to perform his religious duties.
“Mirwaiz is not only a political leader but a religious preacher as well. Confining him to the four walls of his house tantamount to direct interference into the religious affairs,” he said.
By not allowing him to address people on Friday’s and other auspicious days including Eid-e-Milad un Nabi (SAW), sentiments of thousands of people stand hurt badly,” he added.
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