Mirwaiz again listed among 500 most influential Muslims


Srinagar, October 20 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has once again been chosen to the list of 500 most influential Muslim personalities across the globe by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, Jordan.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been listed among the world’s 500 most influential Muslims and is categorized in the political group for the eighth consecutive year by RISSC. Pertinently, the Mirwaiz continues to be kept under house arrest by the Indian authorities in IIOJK for the last 26 months, for his political views.

On Mirwaiz, the RISSC said, he has been advocating dialogue among India, Pakistan and Kashmiris so that the aspirations of the Kashmiri people may be realised. Specifically mentioning detention of Mirwaiz, it stated that he has been under house arrest since August 2019.

The RISSC is an independent research entity affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, an international Islamic non-governmental, institute headquartered in Amman, the capital of Jordan.

Topping the list, this year is immunologist Ugur Sahin Chief executive Officer (CEO) of BionTech for developing COVID-19 vaccine with Pfizer. He has been declared “Man of the Year” while Samia Suluhu Hassan, the current president of Tanzania has been declared “Woman of the Year”. Other personalities include Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran and King Abdullah of Jordan.