Anjuman Auqaf denounces continued restrictions on Jamia Masjid

In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Anjuman Auqaf of Srinagar Jamia Masjid has strongly denounced the imposition of restrictions by the authorities on the Jamia Masjid for the 18th consecutive Friday thereby preventing the Muslims to offer Friday prayers.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the Anjuman in a statement in Srinagar termed the occupation authorities’ action as deplorable and condemnable. “Today, once again in the morning, the authorities and the police barred the Auqaf employees from opening up the gates of the mosque and thus preventing the locals and the people having come from various parts of the valley to offer their Friday prayers at their beloved mosque,” the statement said.

Expressing concern over the policies pursued by the occupation authorities towards the central Jamia Masjid, the Anjuman said that all records of forcible closure of the grand mosque had been broken. It said, the people are being deprived of all the rights, including religious rights, by force which was a cause of great uneasiness and anxiety for the Muslims of Kashmir.

In the statement, the Anjuman also expressed strong resentment against the continued illegal detention of its head, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who has been under continued house arrest since 5th August 2019. It said the topmost religious leader of Kashmir should be released so that he resumes his official responsibilities and activities.