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Mirwaiz put under house arrest again, no Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid

A view of Jamia Masjid, Srinagar [FPK Photo/ Amir Bin Rafi]

Anti-Israel protests were held in Budgam and Kargil as country continues bombardment on Palestinians killing over 1,500 people


Srinagar: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was recently released from a four-year house arrest, was put on house arrest again as authorities restricted him from leaving his residence on Friday.

Authorities also prevented prayers at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid on the same day. However, there was no  official comment provided regarding the closure by authorities. Earlier, Mirwaiz had prayed for the safety of Palestinians who are under Israeli bombardment that killed over 1,500 till today.

The governing body of the mosque, Anjuman Auqaf, expressed “deep regret” over the actions of the administration.

They condemned the decision to keep Mirwaiz under house arrest once again, stating that the authorities closed all doors of the central mosque and informed the Auqaf administration that prayers would not be allowed on Friday.

Mirwaiz, upon his release from house arrest on September 22, led prayers at Jamia Masjid on the same day. Earlier, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, led by Mirwaiz, had expressed “anguish and grief” over the recent escalation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Mirwaiz emphasized the plight of Palestinians, citing killings, destruction of homes, constant surveillance, and the dwindling of livelihoods.

Following Friday prayers, anti-Israel protests erupted in the Badgam district adjacent to Srinagar, leading to the deployment of police forces around major mosques in Srinagar. Kargil district in the UT of Ladakh also saw anti-Israel protests post-Friday prayers.

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