Srinagar, December 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has strongly denounced the puppet authorities for locking down Jamia Masjid Srinagar for the 18th Friday, this year, and disallowing people from offering Juma prayers at the historic mosque.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in an interview in Srinagar said that it was a record time since 1990 that the Jamia Masjid was locked down for 18th times in a year. He said that since 1990s it was the highest number of times the mosque was shut down by the puppet regime. He said that even in 90s the mosque was not closed for so many times.

The authorities had sealed the Jamia Masjid on Friday to prevent people from assembling at the mosque and staging demonstrations on the call of the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik against recent killing of civilians by the Indian troops in the territory.

The Mirwaiz said that the PDP-BJP dispensation even broke the record of Dogra regime. “The mosque was even closed on Jummat-ul-Wida (last Friday of Ramadan). It is a shame for the ruling class,” he added.

He termed it a shameful operating procedure to impose restrictions and disallowing Muslims from offering congregational prayers. He said the pulpit of Jamia Masjid is the only place left out by the regime which represents the political aspirations of Kashmiris. “This regime wants to shutdown this place as well. We won’t let that happen. The pulpit of Jamia Masjid has always been representing political and socio-religious sentiments of Kashmiris,” he said.

The Mirwaiz termed the frequent restrictions in the entire downtown area of Srinagar and disallowing Friday prayers as frustration of the authorities.

Expressing satisfaction over the resolution passed in the UN General Assembly on Jerusalem, the Mirwaiz said that the majority vote in the UNGA had proved that the US President, Donald Trump’s decision was unjust and discriminatory. “The majority vote in the UNGA against him has left Trump isolated and vindicated the just cause of Palestinians,” he added.

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