Slams authorities for disallowing Friday prayers at Jamia for 4th consecutive week
SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Friday slammed the govern¬ment for once again disallowing the congregational prayers on the fourth consecutive Friday and turning the entire downtown into a “military for¬tress”, terming it as a “worst form of repression and dictatorship”.
A spokesperson of the conglomer¬ate in a statement said confining the entire population of downtown to their homes and placing the entire resis¬tance leadership under house deten¬tion and lodging many others in police lock ups reveals the “ill mindset” and “short sightedness” of authorities.
He said the amalgam chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was sched¬uled to address a Friday gathering at Charar-e-Sharief and pay obeisance at the revered shrine of Hazrat Sheikh-ul -Alam (RA) but authorities placed him under house detention in the wee hours. “Confining Mirwaiz to his home every now and then clearly re¬flects the political vendetta of the gov¬ernment against him,” he said.
The spokesperson also castigated the government for acting as mute spectators over the frequent attacks on the women folk and cutting their braids. He said on one hand, govern¬ment has failed to curb braid cutting while on the other hand, the resis¬tance leaders who raise voice against the brutal assault on women are caged in homes.
“Not a single person has been nabbed by police which within no time comes into action to foil peace¬ful protests and to arrest youth during search operations and other so-called intelligence based operations,” the spokesperson said. “The government has failed on all fronts as its sole aim is to enjoy power.”
Meanwhile, hundreds of people staged protest for not allowing Mir¬waiz to address Friday gathering at Charar-e- Sharief, the statement said, adding, that on the call of joint resistance leadership, scores of Hurriyat activists led by Mush¬taq Ahmad Sofi, Adv Yasir Dalal, Muhammad Hayat, Sahil War, Gh¬ulam Muhammad Najar and Fa¬rooq Ahmed Sheikh besides large number of people staged protest against braid chopping at Jinab Sa¬hab Soura.