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Mirwaiz asks Indian clerics to raise restrictions issue

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Srinagar, March 22, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is under house arrest for the past 40 days, has urged religious organizations across India to build pressure on New Delhi and authorities in the territory to lift restrictions on him and other Hurriyet. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq appealed to Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, Darul-Uloom Deoband and Imam of Jamia Masjid Delhi to play their part so that he and other Hurriyet leaders could perform their religious duties, said the APHC spokesman in a statement.

The JUH and other organizations assured the Mirwaiz of all possible support and condemned the curbs on his religious activities, the spokesman added.

“I am under house arrest since February 9,” Mirwaiz said. “I have not been able to address the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid Srinagar for past five Fridays. There is complete ban on my religious and political activities,” he added.

Mirwaiz was first put under house arrest in New Delhi on February 9 when Muhammad Afzal Guru was hanged. He was released on February 21 only to be put under house arrest at his Srinagar residence.

Talking to a Srinagar-based English daily over phone, Chairman JUH, Maulana Syed Arshad Madani said they extend full support to Mirwaiz. “There should be no restrictions on Mirwaiz’s religious activities. We will do everything possible. We will try to reach out to those in power to rake up the issue,” he said.

Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said it was against democracy that Mirwaiz was not being allowed to address people during Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid.

“Curbing religious activities of Mirwaiz are totally unjustified. There should be freedom of speech. …putting him under house arrest is not a good thing,” he said.

The APHC spokesman said they had urged various religious bodies to raise the issue of house arrest and detention of other leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Nayeem Ahmed Khan. “We want all the leaders should be released,” he said.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
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