Srinagar: Religious preachers, imams and other Ulema of Jammu and Kashmir under the aegis of Mutahida Majlis Ulema (MMU) on Thursday held a joint press conference demanding the release of Hurriyat Conference (M) chairperson and Kashmir’s Mirwaiz, Umar Farooq.
The heads and representatives of various religious and social organisations addressed the press conference including Moulana Rehmatullah Mir Qasmi of Dar-ul-Uloom Raheemiya Bandipora.
Addressing the media, the participants said that the meeting was called to reiterate on the authorities to release Mirwaiz immediately, especially as the holy month of Ramadan was about to commence.
The leaders expressed dismay that despite the passing of more than 20 months and repeated appeals, the “arbitrary" house detention of Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir continues, which is a matter of grave concern for the religious fraternity of the valley and has anguished people.
Appealing to the administration to release Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, they said that the pulpit of the Jamia Masjid, Srinagar has fallen silent and wears a deserted look, which otherwise reverberated with Qaal Allah Wa Qaalal Rasool (SAW).
“This is deeply disturbing to the people and religious fraternity of the valley who crave for the presence of their beloved religious leader in the historic Jamia Masjid,” they added. “It is also direct state intrusion in the religious rights and affairs of the Muslims of J&K.”
The meeting also appealed to the authorities that in view of Ramadan, all political prisoners and youth in jails across J&K and outside should be released on humanitarian grounds.
The meeting said that all Ulema, Aimams and Khateebs of Jammu and Kashmir will continue to demand for the release of the Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir before the holy month of Ramadhan, and in their Friday sermons tomorrow will raise the issue forcefully
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