‘Coming Friday will be observed as Jumma-tul-Vida, Youm-e-Qudus, Youm-e-Kashmir’
SRINAGAR: “Right from the day the people of Kashmir started their fight against the oppression of Dogras to New Delhi’s forcible control, the pulpit of Jamia Masjid has reverberated with the voice against repression, and represents the true aspirations of people of Kashmir to break free from the yoke of subjugation,” said the Valley’s head priest and chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while addressing people before Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid here.
He also announced that “as per the past practice, this year too, the coming Friday will be observed as Jumma-tul-Vida and Youm-e-Qudus (in solidarity with Palestine) and also Youm-e-Kashmir (Kashmir Day)”.
Mirwaiz said, “Whether it was the Sikh rule or the Dogra rule, Jamia Masjid was targeted time and again, and in 1931, it was for the first time during Dogra rule when the grand masjid was closed for Jumat-ul-Vida (last Friday of Ramadhan) prayers. Since then, conspiracies were hatched against Jamia Masjid and one of the brutal assaults on the sanctity of this masjid was on August 25, 1989 under operation Jamia Masjid when the Kashmir’s spiritual centre was desecrated.”
Mirwaiz said that Jamia Masjid continues be an eye sore for the ruling regimes including those at the helm today as “its pulpit represents the sentiments and aspirations of the people and fearlessly raises voice against oppression and atrocities inflicted on the people of Kashmir”.
“The more repressive measures the government takes to damage the sanctity and centrality of the Jamia Masjid, the more people should throng the place to give a befitting reply to the government that Kashmiris will never surrender,” he said. “Even today, barricades were erected by police at various places to prevent youth and people from reaching Jamia Masjid.”
Raising the slogans ‘ye mulq hamara hai, is ka faisla hum karengay, shohada kay waris zinda hai, jis Kashmir ko khoon say seenchay, wo Kashmir hamara hai and hum kya chahtay azadi’, the people, according to statement, responded in loud voices. “These slogans will continue to reverberate in the mosque till we achieve our right,” Mirwaiz said.
Highlighting the plight of political prisoners in various jails across India, Mirwaiz demanded their release of incarcerated leaders including Dr Qasim, Masarat Alam Bhat and Javaid Ahmed Khan who is in Tihar jail Delhi and has completed 21 years.
He said Hurriyat leaders arrested by NIA and ED and lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail have kept either in small prison cells or along with dreaded criminals which poses a direct threat to their life. He also condemned the arrest of Syeda Asiya Andrabi and her associates, and paid tributes to Kashmiri prisoners for their “perseverance, courage and commitment” towards the goal of right to self-determination.
Mirwaiz asked the Government of India to give up its “obstinacy” and “policy of revenge” and release these prisoners forthwith, remove AFSPA and start demilitarisation from Jammu Kashmir.