The government on Friday barred Hurriyat Conference (m) chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from delivering Friday sermon at the historic Jamia Masjid at Old City in Srinagar.
Mirwaiz ,who continues to be under house detention at his Nigeen residence, in a statement said that after doing away with the fiscal autonomy of J&K, efforts are underway to do away with the special status of J&K by challenging Article 35A in the Supreme Court.
The Mirwaiz claimed that this is being done to alter the demography of the state by settling people from outside in JK, with the right to acquire land and property, and vote in the Assembly elections.
“It is basically aimed to change the basic character of the state in order to undermine and deeply affect its disputed nature,” he said.
Terming the issue ‘very serious’, Mirwaiz said ‘pro-India’ regional parties are duty bound to the people of JK not to allow it to happen and it is their responsibility to ensure that such designs are thwarted and resisted and the special status of the state protected at all cost.
Mirwaiz said those in power especially the PDP should realize that their weaknesses for power is making people of Kashmir pay dearly and history will never forgive them if they continue in this manner.