SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who continues to be under house arrest, addressed the Friday gathering at Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, over phone. Mirwaiz said after eight Fridays, the government has finally allowed congregational prayers at the central historic mosque but with heavy deployment of forces “to ensure no major gathering takes place in the mosque”.
Addressing the gathering, Mirwaiz said people of Kashmir are being subjected to all kinds of “state oppression” and curbs. “Even our religious places are a target of state repression,” he said and strongly condemned the killing of another civilian Ghulam Mohiuddin Bhat of Arwani by government forces. He also paid tributes to a slain militant Yawar Nisar.
“Each day we lose civilians and our youth to Indian forces as if they are not human beings and there is no value to their life,” Mirwaiz said. “It is extremely sad that people of Kashmir have lost the right to life because they are demanding the resolution of Kashmir dispute, which is essentially a humanitarian problem, through political means.”
The Hurriyat (M) chairman said “another front that has been opened by the Indian state is through its investigative agencies and its media to malign the people’s movement, defame the leadership and demoralise the people”.
“Even religious and educational institutions (like) the Anjuman -e-Auqaf, Anjuman-e-Nusrat-ul-Islam and Dar-ul-Khair, that hold a special reverence and respect for the people, are being targeted by the so-called NIA of India,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz said such tactics employed by the government of India to “defame the genuine sentiment” in Kashmir and to build pressure on the pro-freedom leadership have failed in past and are destined to taste defeat too this time.
“Despite such aggressive stance adopted by New Delhi, the entire Kashmiri nation is committed to its goal of seeking dignified resolution of Kashmir issue. Kashmiris have given tremendous sacrifices for this cause for the last seven decades and our struggle is based on justice and democratic principles,” Mirwaiz said and urged people to “remain steadfast and show forbearance at this critical juncture in our political struggle”.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat spokesperson strongly denounced the continuous house arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and barring him from carrying out social, political and religious activities.
He said through military might, the ruling regime has muzzled the political, religious and social rights of resistance leaders.
The spokesperson also condemned the continuous detention of senior leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza at police station Sherbagh, Anantnag.