Concern expressed over continued closure of Srinagar Jamia Masjid

Srinagar, December 31 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Anjuman Auqaf of Jamia Masjid Srinagar has expressed concern over the continued closure of the historic Srinagar Jamia Masjid.

The Anjuman Auqaf in a statement issued in Srinagar said, as the year ends, Jamia Masjid still remains out of bounds for Muslims of the territory for obligatory Friday prayers.

It also denounced the continued illegal house arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who had been under house detention since August 2019 when Modi-led fascist Indian government repealed special status of IIOJK and imposed military siege in the territory.

The Anjuman said the mosque has been forcibly locked down for 45 Fridays in this year and for 21 consecutive Friday so far. And in the previous five years from 2016 to 2020 the Jamia Majid has been locked down for 112 Fridays. This data, it added, puts to shame the forcible closure of the mosque during the periods of worst autocratic rule that Muslims of Kashmir have suffered in the past.

It deplored that authorities have not paid heed to the repeated appeals by people of Kashmir, ulema and the Anjuman Auqaf to allow Juma prayers in the historic mosque and release the Mirwaiz whose all human rights have been seized

The Anjuman once again asked the authorities to stop this grave injustice against the Muslims of the valley and open up the mosque to people and release the Mirwaiz.