BJP regime seals Srinagar Jamia Masjid, places Mirwaiz under house arrest

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Hindutva regime sealed today (Friday) the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the An-juman Auqaf of the Jamia Masjid in a statement issued in Srinagar said Indian police officials locked the gates of the Masjid from outside. The police authorities have informed the Anjuman Auqaf that Friday prayers would not be allowed, today, in Jamia Masjid, Srinagar.

On the other hand, the authorities put senior APHC leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest and is not being allowed to come out of his residence in Srinagar. The Indian paramilitary and police personnel were deployed outside his resi-dence and Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.

Meanwhile, the authorities once again disal-lowed Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar, today.

Anjuman Auqaf of Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, in a statement expressed deep regret and surprise over the authorities’ action and said they closed all the doors of the Jamia Masjid since morning and informed the Auqaf administration that Friday prayers will not be offered today. At the same time, the Auqaf condemned the placing of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest once again after releasing him from detention recently after more than four years.

Meanwhile, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has once again been chosen to the list of 500 most influential Muslim personalities across the globe by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC), Jordan, for the year 2024. The Mirwaiz has been listed among the world’s 500 most influential Muslims and is categorized in the political group for the 10th consecutive year by RISSC.

On Mirwaiz, RISSC Jordan said, “He has been advocating dialogue with both India and Pakistan so that the aspirations of the Kashmiri people may be realised.” Specifically mentioning Mirwaiz’s four-year-long house arrest, it stated that his release in September and his attendance at Jamia Masjid elicited an emotional response.

The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre is an independent research entity affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, an international Islamic non-governmental institute headquartered in Amman, the capital of Jordan.

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