Release Mirwaiz Kashmir before Ramadhan, clerics urge govt

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The leading religious and social organisations of Jammu and Kashmir under the aegis of Mutahida Majlis Ulema (MMU) on Thursday demanded the release of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq from house detention in view of the upcoming month of Ramadhan

The clerics held a joint press conference regarding the continued house arrest of Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq for the last 20 months.

While addressing the media, the participants said that the meeting was called to once again reiterate upon the authorities to release Mirwaiz e Kashmir immediately , especially as the holy month of Ramadan was about to commence.

The leaders expressed dismay that despite passing of more than 20 months and repeated appeals , the arbitrary house detention of Mirwaiz continued, “which is a matter of grave concern for the religious fraternity of the valley and creates unease and anguish among people.”

The participants who represented all the religious sects of  the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir, said that they appeal to the government to release Jammu and Kashmir’s chief religious cleric Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Dr Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq .

They said that the pulpit of the central  Jama Masjid, Srinagar – had fallen silent and wore a deserted look , which otherwise reverberated with Qaal Allah Wa Qaala Rasool (SAW), since the Mirwaiz’s  arrest.

This they said is deeply disturbing to the people and religious fraternity of the valley who crave for the presence of their beloved religious leader in the historic Jama Masjid, they added. It is also direct state intrusion in the religious rights and affairs of the Muslims of J-K.

The meeting also appealed to the authorities that in view of Ramadan, all political prisoners and youth in jails across J-K and outside should be released on humanitarian grounds.

The meeting said that all Ulema, Aimams and Khateebs of Jammu and Kashmir will continue to demand for the release of the Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir before the holy month of Ramadhan, and in their Friday sermons tomorrow will raise the issue forcefully

The heads and representatives of the religious and social organisations who addressed the press conference include Molana Rehmatullah Mir AlQasmi of Dar-ul-Uloom Raheemiya Bandipora, Krawane Islami head Molana Ghulam Raaool Hami, Jamiat Ahle Hadeeth general Sec Mufti Yaqoob Madni ,Anjuman Himayat-ul-Islam patron Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng, Itehadul Muslimeen head Molana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Representative of Mufti Azam , Himayatul Islam head Molana Khursheed Qanoogo and Jama Masjid Srinagar’s Imam Mufti Ghulam Rasool Samoon.

Agha Syed Hassan  of Anjuman sharai shian could not attend as he was denied permission by the authorities to participate. His son Agha Mujtaba instead represented Anjuman Sharie shian

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