Moderate All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday threatened to “break all restrictions, if required, to perform next Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in old Srinagar.”
“I urge all to march towards the Jamia Masjid this to perform Friday prayers of Ramzan together. We won’t care for the restrictions imposed by the state government,” said the Mirwaiz in an e-mailed statement.
The separatist leader, who is also head priest, was not allowed to perform Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid for the last seven weeks. He continues to be under house arrest in the wake of new wave of civil unrest in Kashmir valley.
This week is important for the head priests as the holy month of Ramzan, where Muslims keep fast throughout the day and perform prayers five times a day in mosques, will begin.
Meanwhile, the Mirwaiz has called upon the Organisation of Islamc Conference (OIC) to convene an immediate session of the OIC contact group on Kashmir to take stock of the deteriorating condition here.
“The OIC should put pressure on the Government of India to put an immediate end to the massacre in Kashmir and resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the urges and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” said the Mirwaiz in a memorandum written to the Muslim body of 55 countries.
“It’s unfortunate that the OIC is witnessing as a mute spectator the unparalleled use of force by the Indian occupation forces against the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” said the Mirwaiz.
The Mirwaiz alleged “the entire Kashmir population, who are swelling the streets to protest against India’s illegal occupation of Kashmir, are being subjected to use of lethal force and other measures like curfew, mass detention, ransacking homes”.
The Mirwaiz said the situation was getting worse by the day for the hapless people of the valley who are in great distress. “There is acute shortage of medicines in hospitals where hundreds of those injured in firing by the Indian forces are battling for life,” he added.