Jammat-e-Islami (JeI) Jammu and Kashmir, Sunday said that the forcible closure of Jamia Masjid Srinagar by the Indian forces and police is depriving thousands of Muslims from attending Friday mandatory prayers. JeI termed the move as a grave violation of the fundamental right of the people to practice and propagate their religion.
JeI Spokesman Advocate Zahid Ali according to a statement issued here said that the central mosque is now closed for five consecutive Fridays, which reminds the dark period of the Dogra imperialistic rule during which this central place of worship was forcibly locked for a long period.
“Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who is delivering the Friday sermon has also been detained at his residence thereby depriving him from propagating the Islamic teachings to the people which is an interference in the religious affairs of Muslims”, he said.
He said that likewise, the octogenarian pro-freedom leader, Syed Ali Geelani has been under continuous house arrest for years together is ‘a blatant violation of all the human rights and democratic norms’ having no justification in any civilized legal set up of governance but “Indian establishment claiming to be the largest democracy of the world has crossed all records of human rights violations and have leased a reign of terror in the valley committing all types of atrocities upon the hapless people of Kashmir and no one from the world community has objected to this inhuman state behavior towards a huge civilians population whose only fault is their genuine demand of giving them their cherished right of the self determination.”
JeI denounced the ‘atrocious attitude’ of the Indian establishment towards the ‘oppressed’ Kashmiris and demands unlocking of the Central mosque Srinagar and release of all political leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and veteran popular leader Syed Ali Geelani and all other top resistance leaders including Mohammad Yasin Malik, Dr. Mohammad Qasim, Masarat Alam, Asia Andrabi, Fahmeeda Sofi, Sheikh Yousuf Sopore, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat Kulangam.
Jamaat also demanded to provide free and fair atmosphere for the peaceful and political activities in this militarized region so that the masses are able to give vent to their aspirations without any fear and apprehension of being terrorized by the state forces.
He said that the world community is also appealed to take notice of the state sponsored terrorism perpetrated by the Indian forces personnel upon the unarmed masses here.