SRINAGAR: Chairman, Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was barred from offering Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
A statement issued by the Hurriyat said that because of the curbs on Mirwaiz, he could not participate in the blood donation camp organized in the vicinity of Jama Masjid in connection with Hafta-e Shahadat programs.
Speaking to the gathering at Jamia Masjid over phone, Mirwaiz condemned the rulers for their “aggressive and dictatorial approach” in dealing with resistance leadership, like the slapping of PSA on Dukhtaran-e-Millat leader Asiya Andrabi and her colleague and shifting them to a jail in Jammu.
He said that while the pro-freedom leadership was disallowed from even commemorating the “beloved martyrs”, efforts were on “by the collaborators to host random meets in order to create a false smoke screen of business as usual”.
Mirwaiz said such “diversionary tactics” besides bans and curbs to contain the situation and maintain the status quo would not work.
“People of Kashmir and the leadership are clear that our political will has to be honoured and it is for this cause that great sacrifices have been made and are being made by one and all in Kashmir. No amount of tyranny, coercion, vilification intimidation or threats by the powers that rule over us can, through their agencies including sections of their media, deter the leadership and people from pursuing their rightful cause,” he said.
Mirwaiz appealed people to make the programme of 21st May a success.
Meanwhile, the Hurriyat spokesman questioned Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s assessment of Kashmir situation as “fairly normal”.
The spokesman said that it seems that for Jaitley and GOI the definition of “Normal” for Kashmir is that the valley be turned into a military garrison where not even young students are spared the vengeance of the state.