Continued detention of Mirwaiz, others denounced

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Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has denounced continued house arrest and detention of the Mirwaiz and other Hurriyet leaders and activist, terming it as sheer political vendetta.
The forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “While the authorities finally allowed Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid after 19 weeks of shamelessly preventing people from their religious obligation, strict restrictions were put in place and most roads leading to the masjid were sealed off by the forces to discourage people from going to the masjid.”
He said that in the absence of the Mirwaiz, Imam Hai Maulana Ahmad Syed Naqshbandi delivered the Friday sermon and strongly condemned the dictatorial authorities for banning people from offering Juma prayers at the mosque for the past 19 weeks.
“Imam Hai denounced the continued house arrest of the Mirwaiz as political vendetta. He said Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, has for centuries been the centre of peaceful religious, missionary, social and political activities and aspirations of the people of Kashmir and an assault on the masjid by banning prayers is an attack on the Muslim identity of Kashmir, the spokesman added.—KMS