Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Sunday accused the authorities of “directly interfering” in religious affairs of the party.
Geelani was reacting to the house detention of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) leaders including general secretary Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Meraj-ud-Din and Muhammad Ashraf Laya ahead of a Seerat conference that was scheduled to be held on January 4 at Iqra Masjid.
“On January 2 police put restrictions on the movement of the party leaders. It seems that all the religious as well as political programs of TeH have been formally banned and this process has now become now a routine from last many years. Today they again detained us inside our houses,” Geelani said in a statement.
He said that Seerat conferences and programs were being held all over the Muslim world in connection with the Eid-e-Millad (SAW). “Jammu and Kashmir is the only place where these programs are banned and where the people are stopped at the gun point,” he said.
Geelani said the Seerat conference was to be held inside a masjid and “there should have been no problem in it. But the government restricted the program and detained the leaders.”
“If the interference into the religious affairs continues then it will have serious consequences and a strong public reaction will come against this. It is not Gujarat or Andhra Pradesh but it a Muslim majority state and the people of this land are very serious about their faith,” he said.
Meanwhile, a spokesman said that few leaders of the party managed to reach the Iqra Masjid and organized the Seerat conference.