Mirwaiz Still Under House Detention: Hurriyat (M)

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Friday in a statement said that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will not lead the congregation Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid today as he continues to be under house detention.

Police personnel outside the residence of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday, March 5, 2021. Pic: Hurriyat Conference (M)

In a statement Hurriyat Conference (M) expresses strong resentment and regret that after announcing the release of its chairman and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from twenty month-long house detention since August 2019, Government authorities went back on their decision.

Hurriyat Conference (M) said that late last night police officials visited the Mirwaiz’s residence to convey to him that he continues to be under house arrest, and will not be allowed to go to Jama Masjid for Friday prayers and Majlis waz o tableeg today.

“Since early morning additional forces have been deployed outside his house and in the area converting it into a garrison,” said Hurriyat Conference (M) in a statement.

Hurriyat Conference in a statement said that recently in the parliament Minister of State for Home Affairs had categorically stated that no one in Jammu and Kashmir is under house arrest. If that is so why does the Mirwaiz continue to be detained?

They said that this imperious decision of the authorities has hurt the sentiments of people and further aggrieved them, as they were eagerly awaiting the Mirwaiz’s release from arbitrary house arrest.

Hurriyat Conference (M) appeals to people that though hugely disappointing they should not lose hope and show patience and at no cost resort to any form of violent protest.


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