Govt to release Mirwaiz Umar after 20-month house detention

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Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is likely to be released from twenty-month long house detention this week, official sources said on Tuesday.

Official sources told a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that Mirwaiz, who will complete twenty months under house detention at his Nigeen residency in Srinagar is likely to walk free this week and more like ahead of Friday.

“There is every possibility that Mirwaiz may be released from his house detention ahead of coming Friday,” said an official source, adding that he may be allowed to address a religious gathering at the historic Jamia Masjid on the occasion of auspicious occasion of Mehraj-e-Aalam (Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) journey towards skies and back).

Mirwaiz was placed under house arrest on 4 August 2019 a day before the GoI announced abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s limited autonomy and bifurcated the erstwhile state of J-K into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Pertinently, Mirwaiz is scheduled to address the Ulema Council meet at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal, Srinagar tomorrow (Wednesday) on the issue of growing drug abuse in Kashmir, Meanwhile, top security officials remained tight lipped about Mirwaiz’s release when asked whether the Kashmir’s head priest is being set free from 20 month long house detention. (KNO)

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