SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said government is free to withdraw his security cover as he had never asked for it.
“I reiterate that government is free to withdraw the police personnel as I have never asked for it,” Mirwaiz said while addressing the people at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar old city.
Mirwaiz said the “propaganda” of police cover provided to him is being raked up and exploited by the government. “Drums are being beaten about the expenditure incurred on the cover. What is obvious is the pettiness of such people that they can play politics even on such an issue,” he said.
“As a Muslim, for me as for my ancestors, it is our belief that safety of a human being is best guaranteed by Allah as we are in His protection. For me, as for my ancestors, duas (prayers) of my people are also my protection and their selfless love and trust in me my strength and asset.”
Mirwaiz added, “After the Shahadat (martyrdom) of my father (Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq in 1990), police personnel were already stationed at my house when I returned from Mirwaiz Manzil Rajori Kadal where my family and I were staying for two months. When we inquired (about it), it was communicated that it was obligatory on the state to provide the cover based on their assessment of threat perception to me after my father’s Shahadat, and will not be removed. Since then, they are stationed here.”
Mirwaiz said while hundreds of crores of rupees are spent on the police cover provided to thousands of people in the state, “singling me out and drumming it up when they very well know the background of the whole issue shows their shallowness”.