Police disallows religious conference, Umat-e-Islami says

SRINAGAR: A religious conference at Larnoo (Kokernag) was today disallowed by the authorities on Sunday. They cited law and order as the reason, Umat-e-Islami said.

The conference that was to be presided by Qazi Ahmed Yasir as a number of clerics were scheduled to attend, a statement by the party said.

“The venue was early morning sealed by the police and people were not allowed to enter inside the venue,” the statement said, condemning the decision.

“After beating journalists in Kashmir and barring the right to speech, the state is not interfering in religious affairs, disallowing the freedom of religion” the party spokesman said. “We have been constantly disallowed to offer religious, social, political duties. One has to understand that when the state targets a particular community, it doesn’t target any particular ideology or group, but its battle is against an identity.”

“We cannot be isolated in the battle if we are fighting the same battle. The bombs of enemies of Islam do not bomb only Sunnis or only shias, but Muslims” the statement quoted Yasir saying. “The local government is just following the footsteps of its ideals and symbols, like yogi Adityanath which will not be allowed in Jammu Kashmir.”

The party demanded the release of Sarjan Barkati, Sajjad Hashmi, Fayaz Ahmed Talaq, Bhat Raouf, Sheikh Bilal, Mehmood Topiwal,  Peer Ashraf, Mushtaq ul Islam, Ghulam Qadir Bhat and other political prisoners.

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