Srinagar June 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has urged India to give up its obstinacy and policy of revenge and release all Kashmiri political prisoners forthwith, remove AFSPA and start withdrawal of its troops from the territory to pave way for settlement of the lingering Kashmir dispute.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing a gathering at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the plight of the political prisoners in various jails across India and the territory. He paid tributes to the Kashmiri detainees for their perseverance, courage and commitment towards the goal of right to self-determination.

The Mirwaiz while referring to the desecration of the Jamia Masjid by the Indian troops last Friday said, the historic mosque continues be an eyesore for the puppet regimes including those at the helm today as its pulpit represents the sentiments and aspirations of the Kashmiri people. “Right from the day people of Kashmir started their fight against the oppression of Dogras to New Delhi’s forcible control, the Jamia Masjid has reverberated with the voice against repression,” he said.

The Mirwaiz said whether it was the Sikh rule or the Dogra rule, Jamia Masjid was targeted time and again and in 1931 it was for the first time during Dogra rule that the grand mosque was closed for Jumma-tul-Vida (last Friday of Ramadan) prayers.

“Since then conspiracies have been hatched against Jamia Masjid over the past 90 years and one of the brutal assaults on the sanctity of this Masjid was on August 25, 1989 under operation Jamia Masjid when this spiritual centre of Kashmir was desecrated,” the Mirwaiz said.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq announced that as per the past practice, this year too, coming Friday would be observed as Jumma-tul-Vida and Al-Quds Day (in solidarity with Palestine) and as Kashmir Day.


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