Srinagar: Incarcerated Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday condemned the government for not allowing congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar and across many khanqahs, shrines, Imam Barahs and other main masjids of the Valley for the 12th consecutive Friday by imposing curfew, restrictions and curbs. Farooq expressed strong resentment over “the interference and apathy towards the religious rights of the Muslims in a Muslim majority region by the anti-Muslim ruling regime.”
Stating that the basic human rights of Kashmiri people were brazenly being trampled upon through brute force and military might, “by curbing our religious rights the point is being driven home that as subjects of an Indian colony this is how we will be treated,” Farooq said. “The PDP-BJP government is on course to break all records of repression and tyranny against the people of the region in order to teach them the lesson of submission,” Farooq said.
Senior Hurriyat leader Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari led a pro-freedom march from Sazgaripora to Alamgari Bazaar on Friday. The participants protested against disallowing of congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar and the continued arrest of Mirwaiz Farooq, “who has been kept in solitary confinement and is banned from discharging his religious, social and political activities”.
The Hurriyat (M) also condemned the government for slapping Public Safety Act (PSA) on senior Hurriyat leader and Jammu Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Zaki, who was already in police custody and was transferred to the notorious Kot Balwal Jail early morning on Friday.
The Hurriyat (M) spokesman said that the 75-year-old Zaki suffers from various ailments and is a cardiac patient under treatment at SKIMS. “The responsibility of his well-being solely rests with the government,” the Hurriyat (M) said.
The spokesman also condemned the imposition of curfew and restrictions to foil the march to Lal Chowk called on Friday.