Srinagar, October 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a meeting of members of Anjuman-e-Auqaf of Srinagar Jamia Masjid was held at Mirwaiz Manzil, Rajouri Kadal.

The participants strongly condemned the authorities for continuously deploying police and paramilitary forces around the Jamia Masjid on Fridays under a well-planned conspiracy to prevent large gatherings and damage its centrality as the mosque is also a spiritual centre for the people of Kashmir.

Auqaf observed people from far off places from all over Kashmir travel long distances to reach Jamia Masjid as they have an emotional and spiritual connect to it and to prostrate before Almighty Allah to seek his forgiveness and solace for self. However every Friday since early morning, a heavy contingent of forces is deployed at Nowhata Chowk and at all entry and exit points of the mosque which instills fear among the people who frequent the mosque and causes them great inconvenience.

The Auqaf Chairman of Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on the occasion also denounced the policy of converting Jamia into a military garrison every Friday. He said it seems to be a well-drafted plan to deploy large number of forces to prevent him from addressing the Friday gatherings on one hand, and to stop people from reaching Jamia, on the other.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said restrictions and blocking of roads with barbed wires every Friday puts the entire population of downtown including school children into a great distress and difficulty, which is a big concern. He said that the authorities should stop harassment and desist from its policy of forces’ deployment and restrictions in and around the Jamia Masjid area.

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