The government didn’t allow congregational prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in Downtown on Friday for the third consecutive week, even as protest rallies were held at various places against the “killing spree by forces” in Kashmir.
The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had asked people to stage peaceful protests after Friday prayers against what they called “unabated killing” of people of Kashmir.
An Auqaf spokesman said that imposition of “undeclared” curfew and barring Friday prayers for the third consecutive week are highly condemnable.
“Today was 16th Friday this year (so far) when authorities didn’t allow congregational prayers at the Jamia Masjid,” he said.
A Hurriyat Conference (M) spokesman also slammed the governor’s administration for barring Friday prayers at the Jamia and confining the chairman of the amalgam Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to his Nigeen residence for the past 20 days.
“Anti-Kashmir regime doesn’t only trample social and political rights of people, but also religious rights as well. If these anti-people policies continue, people will be left with no option than to hit the streets in protest,” the spokesman said in a statement.
PROTESTS ON JRL CALL
A massive protest rally was taken out at Eidgah here after Friday prayers. “The protest rally was held against oppression unleashed in the past one month that left 50 people including a pregnant woman dead, dozens of houses damaged and nearly 30 people maimed by pellets and bullets fired by the forces,” a Hurriyat Conference (M) spokesman said in a statement.
The protest was led by Muhammad Shafi Khan, Mushtaq Sofi, Sahil War, Farooq Ahmed Saudagar, Muhammad Yousuf Bhat and others, he said.
“Protestors were carrying banners displaying slogans ‘innocent killings should stop’,” the spokesman said.
JKLF ACTIVISTS STAGE PROTESTS
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leaders and activists including Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Sheikh Abdur Rashid, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, Asharf Bin Salam, Muhammad Hanif Dar, Imtiyaz Ahmad, Muhammad Aslam—along with Hurriyat leaders Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah and Shakil Ahmad Butt—staged a peaceful protest against civilians killings by forces, at Saria Bala shrine.“Protesters marched towards Hari Singh High Street and held a sit-in which was addressed by various JKLF leaders who condemned the ongoing killing spree, especially the recent Kulgam killings,” the statement said.