SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) has strongly condemned the government decision of deploying government forces around the Jamia Masjid Srinagar and imposing curfew and curbs in downtown area.
A spokesperson of the conglomerate in a statement said through restrictions, people were barred from offering congregational Friday prayers at Jama Masjid. He termed it as a “dictatorial attitude of the ruling regime” in Kashmir.
“After muzzling the genuine political rights (through) military might, the government through its forces is now trampling the religious rights by preventing people from offering congregational Friday prayers at the grand masjid. (This) is purely an authoritarian approach of the government,” he said.
The spokesperson expressed serious resentment over the detention of amalgam chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence, preventing him from carrying out social, religious and political duties. “Keeping Mirwaiz under house arrest is a deliberate move to keep him away from the people,” he said.
The spokesperson added, “The present government has failed on all fronts and now acting as a mute spectator over the frequent incidents of braid chopping which (has) left entire Valley in the grip of fear and terror.”
“Now raising voice against braid chopping incidents which has left the women folk of Kashmir in a deep shock, seems to be a crime for the government that terms everything as a law and order situation and justifies its curbs and huge deployment of forces to scuttle the peaceful protest programs.”
The Hurriyat (M) spokesperson termed it “irony” that all the pro-freedom leaders are either placed under house arrest or being arrested while as huge population of downtown is confined to their homes.