‘Manoj Sinha’s ‘no restrictions on Mirwaiz’ claim far from reality’

Srinagar, August 26 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar has expressed strong disdain against the authorities for once again disallowing its incarcerated Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, to address the faithful at the historic and central grand mosque after three years.

Anjuman in a statement said that as soon as Mirwaiz Umar Farooq stepped out of his residence to address the faithful at the Jamia, the posse of Indian armed forces present outside the gate stopped him and conveyed to him that he cannot move out.

“Even the journalists present at the far end of the road were stopped there and not allowed to meet Mirwaiz,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, a large number of people who had come from across the valley to have a glimpse of their leader and listen to him were once again deeply saddened. They expressed their anger and outrage and strongly protested against the ‘illegal and arbitrary’ detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, it said.

Anjuman termed it strange stating that people are unable to understand the statement of the Lieutenant Governor of IIOJK Manoj Sinha, who in an interview last week claimed that Mirwaiz is neither under detention nor any restrictions are placed upon him.

“Earlier, Home Minister of India Amit Shah also made similar statements twice in Parliament. However, on the ground, these claims are far from reality as was once again proved today when the Mirwaiz was forcibly stopped at his gate. The fact is that Mirwaiz is being kept under continued detention which is extremely sad and condemnable,” the statement added.

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