In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar has said that on Friday again the authorities while demonstrating their dictatorship and arbitrariness hurt the people’s sentiments by preventing them from offering Juma prayers at the historic mosque.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the Anjuman Auqaf in a statement said it is the 24th consecutive Friday when the pulpit and mihrabs of the Jamia Masjid were kept silent and also the religious obligation like Juma prayers could not be performed.
The Anjuman termed it highly unfortunate that while Friday prayers are allowed in all mosques, Khanqahs and imambargahs, the Jamia Masjid continues to be selectively targeted while barring Juma Prayers which is a tragedy. This double standard of the rulers is beyond the comprehension of the people, it added.
Expressing strong resentment over the continued incarceration of its head and the topmost leader of the people, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who is under house arrest since August 5, 2019, the Anjuman said such an act is not only a gross violation of human rights but also extreme lawlessness.
The Anjuman has appealed to all the civilised nations to use their influence to pressurise the Government of India to open the Jamia Masjid of Kashmir for Friday prayers and to ensure the release of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.