SRINAGAR: Police on Friday arrested Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and placed Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest.
A spokesperson of Hurriyat (M) in a statement termed Mirwaiz’s continuous detention as “political vendetta”. “Mirwaiz was once again prevented from addressing the Friday congregation and prayers at historical Jamia Masjid, Srinagar,” he said.
“In these days of historical importance in the Islamic calendar in which the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (RA) and the tragedy of Karbala took place, Mirwaiz in his address was going to throw light on the historic event and the lessons it has for the Muslims and the entire humanity,” he said.
The spokesperson said Mirwaiz being the religious leader has certain responsibilities and his continuous house detention severely affects life in downtown.
A JKLF spokesperson in a statement said police on Friday morning raided JKLF office at Abi Guzar and arrested Malik along with party’s zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri. “Both were immediately shifted to central jail Srinagar on a 4-day judicial remand,” he said.
Before his arrest, the spokesperson said, JKLF chairman while talking to media persons outside party office said, “Kashmir has been turned into a military garrison where every human and democratic right of people has been snapped and snatched by the occupational authorities.”
Malik said since 1985, to promote unity and harmony among Muslims, he along with other pro-resistance youth has been participating in Ashoora programs. “Such programs have always been helpful and appreciated by every sane person of the society but the so-called rulers and their police get unnerved by unity and harmony among Kashmiri Muslims and from last few years, I am being arrested and put behind bars on this occasion,” he said.
He termed the ban on Muharam procession and mourning as “most undemocratic, unethical and direct interference in religious affairs of Muslims”.
“In Kashmir, blanket ban has been imposed on every religious, political, social and human activity. Even mourning on dead ones and participating in condolence meetings stands banned. All this is being done in the name of democracy, peace and restoring law and order and other such slogans,” he said.