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Hurriyat invokes 'Allah's wrath on Omar' as Geelani misses another Friday prayer

Peerzada Ashiq , Hindustan Times  Srinagar, October 25, 2013
First Published: 18:54 IST(25/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:55 IST(25/10/2013)

The government's decision on not allowing hardliner Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani to perform Friday prayers has its spokesman invoking Allah's wrath on chief minister Omar Abdullah.

"Omar Abdullah's regime has trampled all religious, moral and democratic values. He cannot escape from the wrath of Almighty Allah if he does not submit and repent before Him," said Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar.

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The rare statement of the Hurriyat virtually cursing the chief minister has come on a day when for 34th  Friday Geelani was allegedly not allowed to perform prayers or address a congregation.
This year, the government has put in place strict measures around Geelani, who spearheaded the 2010 street agitation.

Since March 7, the day he returned from Delhi after a medical check-up, Geelani on most Fridays would be placed under house arrest.

"Geelani continues to be virtually in jail," said Akbar.

The Hurriyat is approaching Amnesty International "to seek its intervention into the matter".
"Amnesty International should ensure Geelani's freedom from house detention," said the spokesman.
The Hurriyat has already approached the high court over "continuous detention of the 83-year-old separatist leader".

"A judge on June 1 reserved his verdict. Even after 147 days, the order is not being announced," alleged Akbar.

The Hurriyat lashed out at the chief minister for "interference in the religious affairs".
"Unlawful detention is a serious violation of basic human rights and is unbelievable to imagine in any democratic set-up," said Akbar.

"Geelani is being subjected to political retribution for the past 50 years. Omar Abdullah, however, surpassed all limits by banning Geelani's religious, political and social obligations without taking into consideration Hurriyat leader's age, status and health," alleged Akbar.

The government is of the opinion that Geelani creates law and order problem as his speeches are followed by stone pelting wherever he goes.

In the past, Omar has clarified that Geelani was "by and large a free man but restrictions were imposed on his public functions as these are followed by violence".

"Whenever I had intervened in removing the restrictions on his (Geelani's) movement and public speeches, these have invariably been followed by incidents of stone-pelting," said the chief minister when asked about the government decision to impose restrictions on Geelani recently.


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