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Mirwaiz’s detention ‘worst form of dictatorship’: Jamia Imam

The chief cleric of Kashmir’s largest mosque on Friday said that the continuous house detention of resistance and religious leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was ‘unfortunate’ and ‘worst form of dictatorship’. 

The Mirwaiz, who delivers Friday sermons from the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar and is also the chairman of the pro-resistance All Parties Hurriyat Conference, is under house detention since August of 2019 when India unilaterally revoked the special status of Indian-administered Kashmir. 

Imam Jamia Masjid, Mufti Ghulam Rasool Samoon, while addressing the Friday congregational termed it ‘extremely unfortunate’ that Mirwaiz continues to be under house arrest for the last 17 months, a statement issued in the summer capital Srinagar said.

He said Jamia Masjid, the pulpit of the largest religious place and spiritual centre of Kashmir ‘continues to be silent’ for the 76th straight Fridays now, which otherwise would reverberate with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad by the Mirwaiz.

Mufti Samoon said the continuous detention of the Mirwaiz is ‘not only unjustified and the worst form of dictatorship but is also totally unacceptable to the people’.

He reiterated ‘the people’s demand’ that the curbs on ‘Mirwaiz be lifted forthwith so that he resumes the centuries-old duties of his family and fulfills the responsibilities the institution of Mirwaiz’.

On the occasion, the people strongly protested against the continuous house arrest of the Mirwaiz and termed his incarceration as government’s interference in religious affairs and demanded his immediate release from house detention, the statement noted.

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