Unveils Jamia Masjid calendar

Srinagar, Jan 12: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday addressed the faithful after two consecutive weeks at the historic Jamia Masjid in downtown as he was detained under house detention.

In his address, Mirwaiz termed the present situation in Kashmir as “gravely disturbing” and “worrisome”. He said the killing of civilians especially youth continued unabated and there is no let up in the use of “brute force”.

“Since forces enjoy unbridled powers and impunity under draconian law called AFSPA, killing unarmed civilians is a routine affair and no one is held accountable,” Mirwaiz said.

He said in such severe cold weather, forces continue with CASO operations in villages across south, north and central Kashmir causing great hardships for the residents of these places.

“On one hand, the ruling regime announces some sort of ‘amnesty’ to ‘so-called’ stone pelters, and on the other hand, killings, blinding torture and arrests of youth continues,” he said.

“Under the patronage of the ruling dispensation, the forces on ground zero have let loose a reign of terror as everywhere in Kashmir there is fear, repression and tales of atrocities. People are badly caught in this vicious circle of oppression and there is no let up to it,” he said.

He said all space for resistance stands choked and the resistance leadership is regularly placed under house arrest or lodged in jails.

He said the situation has reached a point where even peaceful seminars held indoors are threat to authorities. “Even addressing religious gatherings is disallowed now,” he said.

Hurriyat (M) chairman said it is the moral duty of the international community to intervene and play its role to put an end to the various form of “human rights violations” in Kashmir.

He said the international community needs to persuade New Delhi to accept the ground reality in Kashmir and the ensuing conflict and to start a meaningful exercise to resolve the long pending dispute as per the wishes and aspirations of people of the land so that peace prevails in the South Asia and we can get out of this situation.

“In the given circumstances, where all peaceful means of registering protest and resistance stand choked, and all forms of expressing our feeling of grief and anger banned and barred, observing complete strike against the gruesome civilian killings and other atrocities is one way left to us to register our protest and anger over it,” he said.

Mirwaiz urged people to observe complete shutdown on January 13 (Saturday) against the unabated civilian killings by the “trigger-happy” forces. He also urged people to remain steadfast towards the ongoing movement which has “priceless sacrifices” at its back.

Meanwhile, Mirwaiz, who is also the patron of the Anjumane-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid on Friday, unveiled the annual calendar of Central Jamia Masjid Srinagar for year 2018.

The calendar has Islamic/Gregorian dates for the year 2018 and includes the prayer timetable (Meeqat-e-Salah) including Iftaar and Sehri timings and a brief history of the Mosque in Urdu and English.

Mirwaiz said the calendar will be distributed free of cost to all major masjids, shrines and educational institutions across Kashmir.