Srinagar, May 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Anjuman-e-Auqaf (AeA) Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, while reiterating its demand for removal of the siege-like restrictions of the mosque by Indian forces, particularly on Juma prayers has said that the presence of the troops in such a large number damages centrality and sanctity of the historical mosque.

A spokesman of for the Anjuman-e-Auqaf in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “During the Ramadan and especially on Fridays, thousands of people from across the Valley including far off districts reach the historic Jamia Masjid to listen to the sermons and to seek blessings of Almighty Allah, and offer Friday prayers, but the presence of Indian troops in large number around the Masjid creates an atmosphere of fear among the worshipers.”

The spokesman said the use of live ammunition against the devotees after Friday congregation triggered chaos all around.

“The Anjuman has time and again called upon the administration to ensure no deployment of forces around Jamia Masjid on Fridays, but the frequent pleas seems to be falling on the deaf ears as forces remain deployed in large numbers as seen on first Friday of the holy month,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, Anjuman-e-Auqaaf Jamia Masjid has informed the general public that all the religious sermons scheduled to be delivered by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in the first 10 days of Ramadhan, have been put on hold as he wasn’t keeping well.

The spokesman urged people of Kashmir to pray for the speedy recovery of chief cleric of Kashmir, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

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