Srinagar: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq during his Friday sermon said that the police cover provided by the government to him was never asked for and can be withdrawn whenever the state wants to.
Mirwaiz while pointing out that propaganda of police cover provided to him is being raked up and exploited by the government. “Drums are being beaten about the expenditure incurred on the cover. What is obvious is the pettiness of such people that they can play politics even on such an issue,” he said.
He said after the martyrdom of his father police personnel were already stationed at his house when they returned from Mirwaiz’s manzil in Rajori Kadal.
“When we inquired it was communicated that it was obligatory on the state to provide the cover based on their assessment of threat perception to me after my father’s Shahadat, and will not be removed. Since then they are stationed here. While hundreds of crores are spent on the police cover provided to thousands of people in the state, singling me out and drumming it up when they very well know the background of the whole issue shows their shallowness,” he said.
Mirwaiz asserted,“I reiterate that Government is free to withdraw the police personnel as and when it wants as I have never asked for it.”
“As a Muslims it is our belief that safety of a human being is best guaranteed by Allah as we are in his protection. Also, the prayers of my ancestors and my people are also my protection and their selfless love and trust in me is my strength.”
(With inputs from KNS)