Srinagar: Pro-freedom leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday condemned the imposition of curfew and lock down of Jamia Masjid on Jumat-ul-Vida, a day “when people of the valley wait for a whole year to offer prayers here on the most important last Friday of the holiest month of Ramadan.”
In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz said that such “anti Muslim and oppressive moves” now come as no surprise to the people of Kashmir, “who each day are subject to various forms of human right violations and abuse which include infringement upon their religious rights, all of which is the hallmark of being under occupation.”
He said that it was for the first time in the living memory of people that Jamia Masjid Srinagar was locked down on such an auspicious day.
In a separate statement Geelani described the restrictions on Jummat-ul-Vida as unacceptable and unjustified, and said that local administration was practically non-existent “while as those sitting in Nagpur rule the roost.”
Strongly criticizing house arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohamad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Mohamad Ashraf Laya, Geelani said that they were continuously being put under house arrest and barred from offering their religious obligations.
“On one hand huge expenses are being incurred and special provisions are being made to facilitate yatra and on the other, restrictions and curfew like restrictions are imposed and people barred from offering prayers even on Jummat-ul-Vida.”
Expressing grief and sorrow at the killing of Tawseef Ahmed Bhat of Tengpora Pulwama and critically injuring of “more than 70 people” Thusday Mirwaiz said that the “anti-Kashmir Ruling regime has openly and inhumanly declared the disputed territory as a war zone”
Mirwaiz also paid glowing tributes to Majid Mir, Shakir Ahmed and Sheeraz Ahmed the three militants killed on Thursday.
Stating that that hundreds of leaders and activists have been lodged in far-flung jails of Jammu, Geelani demanded immediate release of all detainees before Eid.