Srinagar, July 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema and Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, have termed the occupation authorities’ action of preventing Juma prayers at historic Jamia Masjid as a direct interference in the religious affairs of the people.

The authorities disallowed congregational prayers at the grand mosque on Friday by imposing restrictions in Srinagar to stop people from conducting a march towards Naqashband Sahib. Cal for the march was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to pay tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs particularly those massacred by the troops of Dogra Maharaja on 13th July in 1931.

The MMU and Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid strongly denounced the barring of congregational Friday prayers at the historic mosque for the tenth time this year. In a joint statement MMU and Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid strongly protested frequent closure of Kashmir’s religious and spiritual centre stating that it not only hurts the sentiments of the people but is a grave violation of their religious freedom.

“Using military might to confine people and impose such curbs is a blatant interference in our religious matters that is bound to evoke anger and resentment in the masses. We demand an immediate halt to these anti-people policies imposed by the authorities,” the statement said.

The MMU and Anjuman strongly condemned the continued detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence and barring him from performing his religious duties time and again.


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