SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) has strongly condemned the house detention of amalgam chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, imposing curbs in downtown Srinagar and disallowing congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid, terming it as an “open aggression”.
A spokesperson of the amalgam in a statement said these tactics amount to muzzling of genuine voices by military might. “Today it was 9th Friday this year that devotees were not allowed to offer congregation prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid,” he said.
He condemned the “repressive” measures by authorities, saying that all the basic principles of democracy are being trampled as people’s religious, social and political rights are crushed under military might. He said there is no space left for the freedom of religion or freedom of expression.
The spokesperson also condemned the house detention of Syed Ali Geelani and arresting JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik and “conducting raids at the houses of scores of resistance leaders, activists and youth” across Kashmir, especially in south Kashmir.
“This is utter frustration on part of the present administration,” he said.