Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) Saturday condemned the siege of Jamia Masjid Srinagar and house arrest of Huriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday terming it as the ‘worst’ form of ‘authoritarian rule’.
In a statement issued to a local news agency, KNS, AAC said it was a planned unsuccessful conspiracy of authorities to put Mirwaiz under house arrest so as to stop the spread of Islamic teachings, stop social reforms according to Islamic teaching, and to weaken the peoples resolve for freedom struggle. “Such dirty tactics would never be allowed to succeed.”
AAC has also expressed regret and shock over the authorities preventing the centuries old practice of paying rich tributes to the Qarbala martyrs at Alam Sahab (RA) Shrine Narwara. “The committee said Kashmir’s political and social rights were already violated and now authorities were usurping their political rights. It said such an act was intolerable and condemnable in all respects,” reads the issued statement.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has thanked all the Hurriyat leaders, scholars, Ulemas and people who participated in Ashura processions and maintained the age old tradition of sectarian bonhomie.
APHC Chairman has also condemned the imposition of ban on Ashura processions. “The way processions remained peaceful aptly depicts the government action was unprovoked. The government was trying hard to usurp the religious rights of Kashmiris.”
Mirwaiz has also condemned the use of force against the mourners by police saying such ‘draconian action’ would never succeed in breaking the will of people to pursue for the cause.