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‘Mirwaiz barred from offering prayers at Jama Masjid’

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Srinagar: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was allegedly barred from offering the congregational prayers at the Jama Masjid here on Friday as he “continued to remain under house arrest”, the managing body of the mosque said.

Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid alleged that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been placed under house arrest since May 3, and was again not allowed to go to the Jama Masjid to deliver the Friday sermon and offer prayers for the third consecutive Friday.

The alleged restrictions on the movement of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq come ahead of the death anniversaries of his father Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and separatist leader Abdul Gani Lone, the father of People’s Conference chief Sajad Gani Lone.

Farooq and Lone were killed by Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists in 1990 and 2002 for opposing a growing ‘gun culture’ in the Kashmir valley.

They were both considered advocates of finding a lasting solution through peaceful means.

The government has been placing restrictions on the Hurriyat Conference chairman’s movement on May 21 every year. The movement of people towards Eidgah — where both are buried — is also restricted.

KI News

Kashmir Images is an English language daily newspaper published from Srinagar (J&K), India. The newspaper is one of the largest circulated English dailies of Kashmir and its hard copies reach every nook and corner of Kashmir Valley besides Jammu and Ladakh region.

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