Mirwaiz Convenes Conference Of Ulema

12 January 2009
Kashmir Times

Srinagar: The chairman of Mirwaiz faction of Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has convened a conference of Ulema to discuss what Hurriyat calls the repeated interference into religious affairs of the Kashmiri people by the government and its security agencies. Sources in Hurriyat said that the conference would be held on January 15 wherein the issues regarding interference of government into religious affairs. Sources added that the meeting will be held at Rajouri Kadal. They further said that all the religious scholars of the valley have been extended invitations to participate in the conference and present their viewpoint under the light of Islamic teachings so that a strategy can be devised. It has been learnt through sources that Mirwaiz Hurriyat has written strong-worded letters to the religious scholars wherein it has been mentioned 'how the records of barbarism were broken and the Muslims were stopped from offering prayers in the historic Jamia Masjid.' It is in place to mention here that Hurriyat Conference and a number of other religious and political groups had recently raised their voice against the frequent cordoning off of the Jamia Masjid when the seven-phased elections were going on in the valley. The religious and political groups had accused the government of disallowing Muslims to offer prayers in a Masjid which has a historic importance. Mirwaiz Hurriyat had recently threatened to mobilise opinion against such measures from the government at the international level by writing to OIC and other organisations which are having an international presence. Meanwhile, a Hurriyat spokesman, quoting public delegations, today said that the armed forces are indulging in immoral practices and accused them of spreading social evils. He also accused the army unit of 33RR of thrashing the students of Darul Uloom Lalpora in Kupwara. Quoting a public delegation, he said the security personnel of 19RR entered into the Darul Uloom during night and started thrashing the inmates apart from throwing away their belongings without any rhyme orreason.