The joint resistance leadership has expressed strong resentment and concern over “repeated and arbitrary curfews” in downtown Srinagar and came down heavily against the lockdown of Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
In a statement, the joint leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said that “locking down the central Jamia Masjid”, especially on Fridays was aimed at “weakening the centrality and significance” of the grand mosque.
“The historic Jamia Masjid is not only the spiritual centre of confluence for the people of Kashmir but also representative of their political consciousness and aspirations,” a joint statement issued in Srinagar said. “It is a deliberate bid to silence the voice of truth and justice raised from the pulpit of this historic mosque for decades.”
Leadership also expressed serious concern over the continued policy of “oppression and persecution” of people by authorities.—KR