IIOJK authorities condemned for preventing Juma prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar

Srinagar, November 26 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar has strongly condemned the authorities for preventing the Muslims from offering Juma prayers at the historic mosque.

Anjuman Auqaf in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Today, once again in the morning, the authorities and the police locked the main gate of the Central Jamia Masjid and prevented the locals and the people who had come from various parts of the Valley to offer the Friday prayers at their beloved mosque.”

Expressing concern over the policies pursued by the occupation authorities towards the Jamia Masjid, the Anjuman said all the records of forcible closure of the grand mosque have been broken. It said the people are being deprived of all the rights including religious rights by force which is a cause of great uneasiness and anxiety for the Muslims of Kashmir.

The Anjuman expressed strong resentment against the continued illegal detention of its head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who has been under house arrest since 05 August 2019, and demanded his immediate release so that he resumes his official responsibilities and peaceful activities.

The continued imprisonment of the Mirwaiz is unacceptable to the people of Kashmir, the Anjuman said, adding that this dire situation should be an eye-opener and a moment of introspection for all those who believe in human rights and democratic values.

The Anjuman demanded immediate reopening of the Jamia Masjid Srinagar for Friday prayers and an end to the illegal detention of the Mirwaiz without any further delay.