Curfew, other restrictions tightened to prevent march in IIOJK

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No Juma prayers at jamia masjid, other places due to curbs


Srinagar

In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian forces have further tightened curfew and other restrictions in the name of Covid in the territory to prevent the march and prayer meetings already announced by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the chairman of Hurriyat forum.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had called for a complete shutdown and a march towards Mazar-e-Shuhada in Srinagar, today, to pay tributes to prominent martyred Hurriyat leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone, as well as the martyrs of Hawal massacre on their martyrdom anniversaries.

All Parties Hurriyat Conference had also given the call for the shutdown on the occasion.

Srinagar-based media reports said that the authorities have decided to strictly enforce corona curfew on 21 May, marking Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone’s martyrdom anniversaries.

The reports citing official sources said that Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar held meeting with all DIsG and SSsP through virtual mode to take stock of the situation.

“It was decided that Police shall enforce strictest corona curfew tomorrow (21 May),” the officials said.

As per the programme announced by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, besides the shutdown and march, an extensive campaign was launched on social media which would continue till 21st May (today) to highlight the Kashmir cause and the Indian machinations against the Kashmiris.

Posters and banners will also be displayed all across the occupied territory. A prayer meeting will be held all across the territory, today.

The people in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan and all across the world are going to hold protest rallies and prayer meetings today.

Special prayers would be offered in Faisal Masjid, Islamabad, and a protest will be held there on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq remained under house arrest on his father’s martyrdom anniversary. He had been under illegal and arbitrary house arrest since 5 August 2019.

In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Juma prayers could not be held, today, at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and several main mosques, dargahs and imambargah, of the territory due to the restrictions imposed by the authorities.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the occupation authorities intensified curfew and other restrictions across the occupied territory, today, to prevent people from conducting a march towards Mazar-e-Shuhada at Eidgah in Srinagar and holding prayer meetings.

Call for the march and prayer meetings was given by the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, to pay tributes to prominent martyred Hurriyat leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone, as well as the martyrs of Hawal massacre on their martyrdom anniversaries.

However, due to severe restrictions, Juma prayers could not be held at historic Jamia Masjid, Dargah Hazratbal and other main mosques, dargahs and imambargahs in Srinagar and other areas of the occupied territory.

Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq was assassinated by the agents of Indian agencies after barging into his residence in Srinagar on this day in 1990.

Seventy mourners were killed when Indian troops opened fire on his funeral procession in Hawal area of the city.

Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone was also killed on this day in 2002 by the agents of Indian agencies when he was returning from Eidgah after addressing a public gathering.—INP

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