Strongly condemning the heavy deployment of forces around the historic Jamia Masjid every Friday, Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid maintained that presence of hundreds of forces at all nook and corners instils fear among the worshipers.
Anjuman-e-Auqaf stated that the huge deployment of forces around Jamia Masjid, peace is disrupted and it also becomes a major reason for inconvenience caused to worshipers, who come to the Masjid after travelling from long distances.
Anjuman asked the state authorities to refrain from deployment of forces around the Masjid and turning it into a military garrison, especially in wake of the upcoming holy month of Ramadan as thousands of people from other districts and far off places would travel to offer their prayers at the grand Masjid.
Meanwhile, president of the Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was set free by the authorities from the house detention after a week, took stock of the arrangements and preparations in the Jamia Masjid in view of the commencement of Ramadan.
Mirwaiz stressed on making all the necessary facilities available to the worshipers and directed the members of Auqaf to ensure smooth conduct of prayers.
He also chaired a meeting of the members of Anjuman and directed them to ensure all the facilities, including power supply, matting, cleanliness, water for performing ablution etc are taken care of.
The meeting stressed on the divisional administration to ensure uninterrupted power and water supply to the Jamia Masjid during Ramadan and also to ensure smooth flow of traffic. The meeting also laid stress on ensuring cleanliness around Jamia Masjid in the wake of rising temperatures.