Barring Friday prayers interference in religious affairs: Mirwaiz Putting curbs on people undemocratic’

Rising Kashmir News

Srinagar:
Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday denounced government for continuous imposition of curfew, restrictions and curbs for 35th consecutive day and barring Friday congregational prayers for the 5th consecutive week at historic Jamia Masjid, Srinagar.

He also castigated government for stopping people from offering Friday prayers at other places in valley and ‘for not allowing him to perform his religious duties’.
Mirwaiz said, “It is a blatant interference in our religious affairs.”

Stressing that for a month and five days, the government had turned the lives of Kashmiris “into hell” by imposing curfew and restrictions, stopping mobile phones, internet and other communication services, Hurriyat (M) Chairman, while terming this decision as unjust and undemocratic condemned it saying, “This was done with a view to punish people of Kashmir for their unflinching support to the Kashmir movement.”

Hurriyat (M) Chairman said, “Authorities have imposed Martial Law in entire Kashmir to suppress the rights of the people and every tactic in the book is being adopted by the government to crush the ongoing uprising but the passion of people continues to remain insurmountable and their struggle remains undefeatable.”
He said, “For crushing the movement and the just struggle of the people, government was trying such brutal tactics which are unheard of in the emancipated world.’
Stating that with their peaceful struggle, Kashmiris were trying to send a message to the international community and the people of India that they will not be cowed down by repressive measures and its time that Kashmir issue be addressed once and for all ‘which will not only be beneficial to the people of Kashmir, but also for the people of India and Pakistan as well”.

Mirwaiz said keeping the issue unresolved was fraught with dangerous consequences for the entire South Asian region.
Mirwaiz also condemned the incident which led to the death of a woman from Bemina after allegedly being threatened by government forces.
Mirwaiz appealed to the people to make the joint Hurriyat programme a success.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) spokesman condemned the continuous house arrest of the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, detention of senior Hurriyat leader Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari at Safa Kadal Police Station, house arrests of Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam and Javed Ahmad Mir and other leaders and workers.
He said, “This was acceptance of defeat on part of the government and administration and such tactics would not be able to break the will of the Hurriyat leadership.”

The spokesman appealed the youth to be weary of such elements that are in garb of being pro movement attacking journalists and medicos while they are performing their professional duties.