Mirwaiz Again Barred From Offering Friday Prayers: Hurriyat (M)

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Friday said that it’s chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest since August 2019, was again not allowed to offer Friday prayers at central Jamia Masjid Srinagar by the authorities.

In a statement Hurriyat Conference (M) said that after the authorities went back on their decision to release the Hurriyat chairman last Friday, and people at Jama Masjid protested against it, the restrictions on the Mirwaiz have been further tightened and even his personal staff is not allowed to go inside his premises.

“On the other hand authorities in downtown Srinagar are conducting nocturnal raids and arresting young boys and booking them under PSA to create fear,” said the statement.

“Such moves are highly regrettable and authoritarian, to say the least. Forced suppression is no guarantee to peace,” said the statement.

Hurriyat conference said the authorities should release the Mirwaiz and all political prisoners and youth languishing in detention centres and jails and engage in constructive dialogue with all stakeholders for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue and peace in the subcontinent.

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