Srinagar, July 19 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole has said that no congregational prayers will be allowed on the forthcoming Eid-ul-Adha in Kashmir valley.
Pandurang K Pole said the decision has been taken in view of coronavirus pandemic. He said that there will be no congregational prayers on Eid as the allowed number of people in any sort of gathering is just 25 and it will be difficult to limit the number to 25 if congregational prayers are allowed.
He said that the prayers will be allowed in a ‘decentralised’ way like it has been allowed during the peak of the second wave of the pandemic.
“As any sort of gathering is limited to 25, which included Eid gatherings or congregational prayers, these prayers will not be allowed. Limiting the number of people to 25 would be difficult if congregational prayers are allowed on Eid, so the prayers will be allowed in a decentralised way; there will be no congregational prayers,” he said. He also said that people must follow the government SOPs and medical experts’ instructions on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha and prevent COVID-19 threats.
Meanwhile, APHC leader and chairman of Jammu Kashmir People’s Movement Mir Shahid Saleem while addressing a press conference in Rajouri strongly condemned the order issued by the authorities placing restrictions on the sacrifice of animals on coming Eid. He said this order was interference in the religious affairs of Muslims.
He said RSS backed regime was issuing one controversial order after another after 5 August 2019.
Senior Hurriyat leader Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori in a statement also denounced the order.