Srinagar, Jan 5: (GNS) Expressing serious resentment over the continuous house detention of its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and barring him from addressing the Friday congregation at the historic Jamia Masjid on the first Friday of year 2018, Hurriyat Conference (M) has said the government is suffering from “myopic vision syndrome” and by interfering in religious affairs is playing with the sentiments of Muslims.

In a statement issued to GNS, a spokesperson of the amalgam said, “The ruling regime has already curtailed the social and political activities of Mirwaiz by caging him in his own house time and again and now it is barring him to fulfilling the obligations of a Mirwaiz, which includes delivering of sermons on Fridays at the historic Jamia Masjid.”

He termed the frequent caging of Mirwaiz and thereby disallowing him from carrying out religious duties as a direct interference into the religious affairs. He said the move is “highly condemnable”.

The spokesperson said it was ironical that just at the onset of the year 2018; government resorted to “unfair means” of barring Mirwaiz from addressing the religious gathering on the first Friday of the year, resulting in hurting of sentiments of thousands of Muslims who were waiting at the grand masjid.

“The tall claims of the government that peace has started prevailing in Kashmir stand punctured with the fact that the APHC chairman remains caged in his own house without any justification,” the spokesperson said, adding, “The fact remains that the government by resorting to authoritarian attitude itself is responsible for creating an atmosphere of fear as there is no scope for the peaceful activities.”

“By using military might and dictatorial approach, government can’t muzzle the genuine struggle which has priceless sacrifices at its back and neither can be the resistance leadership bullied by such tactics,” he said.

Meanwhile, addressing the Friday gathering, Imam Hai, Syed Ahmed Naqshbandi condemned the government’s decision of barring the Mirwaiz from reaching Jamia and addressing the gathering at the “spiritual centre” of Kashmir – the Jamia Masjid. (GNS)