Srinagar: Syed Ali Geelani kept knocking the door of his house, which had been shut from outside, for 15 minutes. When there was no response, he cursed the “clutches of occupation”. Then a policeman told him that he will not be allowed to offer Friday prayers in the Iqra Masjid at Sarai Bala, Srinagar, a spokesperson of the Hurriyat Conference (G) told Kashmir Reader.
It was for the second consecutive Friday that the octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch was stopped from leaving his house to go offer congregational prayers at the Iqra Masjid.
Ghulam Muhammad Gulzar, spokesperson of Hurriyat (G), said that large contingents of police and CRPF were deployed on roads leading to the residence of Geelani and no one was allowed to move out of the Hurriyat office at Hyderpora.
On May 2, Geelani had announced that he will offer Friday congregational prayers at the Iqra Masjid and stage a peaceful protest against the civilian killings in Shopian.
Later in the day, Geelani released a recorded video message in which he said that the people of Kashmir will not be bogged down by the state “oppression”.
“We will never surrender or succumb to pressure and will pursue the mission of martyrs till the issue of Kashmir is taken to logical conclusion,” Gulzar quoted Geelani as saying in the message.
Urging the youth to pledge their commitment against the “state-sponsored terrorism”, Geelani said that the sacrifices of the youth would not be allowed to go waste.
Quoting a verse from the holy Qur’an, Geelani said, “Allah says: when you are fighting a nation, show steadfastness.”
Geelani said that it was important to convey the message of this verse to the “suppressed” people of Kashmir.
“We are fighting the Indian occupation since 1947. We have given supreme sacrifices. When you are fighting a brutal military occupation and its coercion, it is important to remain steadfast,” he said in his message.