Mainstream Leaders Demand Release Of Mirwaiz Umar

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

Srinagar: Senior National Conference leader and Member Parliament Justice Hasnain Masoodi Friday said that stopping Mirwaiz from offering prayers reflects the situation is not normal in Kashmir.

Speaking to KNS, NC leader said, “By not allowing religious leader like Mirwaiz to move out to perform his religious duties openly indicates that the tall claims made by the central and local government are falling flat,” he said.

He urged the government to set Mirwaiz free so that he can perform his religious obligations.

CPIM leader, Mohammad Yousuf Taragami said, “On one side Government is saying that no one is under detention now in Kashmir, even the claim was made from the floor of the parliament but on the other hand the influential religious leader like Mirwaiz is not allowed to lead the prayers at historical Jamia Masjid even in the Holy month of Ramadan.”

He added: “The government is contesting its own claims that no one is under detention here now, Everything is normal, but the same government is not allowing Mirwaiz to move out.”

He asked for the restoration of democratic rights in Jammu and Kashmir without any excuse.

The treatment of the administration towards the Mirwaiz is unacceptable, unjustified, he added.

Reacting to the continued detention of Mirwaiz, PDF chairman Hakeem Yaseen said, “Our constitution has given us right to express and operate peacefully. The administration should allow Mirwaiz to lead the prayers at Jamia Masjid in this holy month.”

Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Forum (JKCSF) chairman Qayoom Wani said “Since the beginning, I am saying that Mirwaiz is a religious scholar. In this auspicious month of Ramadan, the detention of Mirwaiz  Umar Farooq is very unfortunate. The government should set free the Mirwiaz at the earliest. The government should not interfere in religious obligations”, he said.

The government should release all political prisoners in view of Ramadan, he added.

Unfortunate That Pulpit Of Jamia Masjid Forcibly Kept Silent: APHC

All Parties Hurriyat Conference Friday said that it is extremely unfortunate that even on the first Friday of the blessed month of Ramadan, the pulpit of Jamia Masjid in Srinagar continues to remain silent, as Kashmir’s chief cleric and chairman of Hurriyat Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continues to be kept under “arbitrary house detention”.

In a statement, APHC said that the Pulpit of Jamia Masjid in the holy month of Ramadan reverberates with spiritually, uplifting waz-o-tableeg, supplications and fervent prayers to almighty Allah, providing solace and nourishment to the souls of those participating in it.

APHC asked that if the basic human right to seek spiritual solace in prayers and supplications is a threat to the “peace” in the valley?

“At a time of this deadly pandemic when the need to seek refuge from it by praying to the almighty is all the more urgent, the pulpit of Jamia Masjid is forcibly kept silent.”

The statement said that it has been more than twenty months now that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is “arbitrarily and forcibly” detained at his home and not allowed to fulfil his responsibilities even as the Mirwaiz.

APHC said that this “highhandedness” of the authorities is regrettable and condemnable. “Such tactics only further alienation, while strengthening our belief in steadfastness and patience.”

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