In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, has strongly denounced the continued house detention of its chief, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been under illegal and arbitrary house arrest for the last over three years. He was confined to his residence in Srinagar by the Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government when it repealed the special status of IIOJK and placed it under military siege on August 05, 2019.
The Anjuman in a statement issued Srinagar said that by keeping the Mirwaiz under house detention, the occupation authorities have barred him from fulfilling his religious, social and political responsibilities. It pointed out that the Mirwaiz has been barred from offering Juma prayers for more than 160 consecutive Fridays at the historic Jamia Masjid.
The Anjuman said that the blessed month of Rabbi-ul-Awwal in which the birth of the holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) took place is coming to an end while the Mirwaiz continues to be under detention due to which he is unable to discharge the centuries-old official duties the Institution of Mirwaiz enjoins upon him. This is extremely unfortunate and condemnable, it added. The Anjuman demanded immediate release of its chief so that he can fulfill his longstanding duties towards the people and society.—KMS