SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (m) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was placed under house arrest early Friday morning at his residence and stopped from offering congregational Friday prayers condemned the massive deployment of forces in and around Jamia Masjid, Srinagar and barring people from offering congregational prayers at the historic Masjid.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
Condemning the decision of the ruling class of converting the entire area around Jamia Masjid into a garrison of armed forces, Mirwaiz said that it seems the ruling regime has decided not to make any change in its policy of imposing curbs and repression on people’s basic rights and liberties and keep them subjected to occupation for maintaining the facade of normalcy. But the reality is that these tactics on the contrary deteriorate the situation further and take it farther from maintaining “so called” peace.
Commenting on a report published in a local newspaper that Jammu Kashmir government had allotted 4,80,000 kanals land at Mandalthang, Shayok in Ladakh to the Army, the Mirwaiz Said consolidating military occupation in the disputed territory by grabbing more land for military upkeep and infrastructure and to increase military presence in Kashmir, indicates increased militarization as a solution to dealing with the conflict which is reflective of an occupational mindset and looks at resolution through military solution to a political dispute.
Mirwaiz said this attitude is very unfortunate and doesn’t auger well for the region.