SRINAGAR: The Chief Imam of Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, Syed Ahmad Sayeed Naqshbandi, criticised the authorities on Friday for jailing the resistance leadership and disallowing Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from offering Friday prayers at the historic Masjid.
During his sermon at Jamia Masjid, the Chief Imam said that the authorities are interfering in the religious affairs of Kashmir’s Muslim community.
“The joint resistance leadership had only called for peaceful protests against the Sopore incident,” he said, “but instead of allowing them to protest, the authorities jailed the leadership and barred the Mirwiaz from delivering the Friday sermon, which is condemnable and shameful.”
The Chief Imam demanded the release of political prisoners in Kashmir including Masarat Alam Bhat and others. He added that the State is using all tactics to crush the voice of dissent in Kashmir. “The people have resolved that they will oppose such tactics and will continue to fight for justice and a Kashmir resolution,” he said.