Finally, Mirwaiz to lead Friday prayers in Jamia Masjid

KL News Network

Srinagar

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Government on Friday lifted curbs from the residence of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

After the killing of popular militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani, Mirwaiz put under detention in sub-jail Cheshmashahi. However, he was later shifted and detained at his Nigeen residence.

Mirwaiz, the head priest of Kashmir, while talking to Kashmir Life said that the curbs from his residence have been lifted and he is proceeding towards Jamia Masjid to lead the congregational Friday prayers there.

The successive governments have been putting siege around the historic Jamia Masjid on Fridays during uprisings and protests.

In fact, the Sikh rulers of Kashmir in 19th century would often close the historic Masjid to disallow people from rising against then establishment.

After the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani, government disallowed prayers in the Grand Mosque fearing pro-freedom demonstrations. The mosque had since remained under continues siege with heavy deployment of forces.

However, last Friday authorities lifted the siege from Jamia Masjid and allowed the congregational prayers after 19 consecutive Fridays. Mirwaiz was not allowed to reach the historic Jamia Masjid and was kept under house detention.

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