'Geelani stopped from offering Friday prayers'

'Geelani stopped from offering Friday prayers'

Meanwhile, the spokesman termed the recent statement of police chief that Geelani sahib is a free man as a ‘Himalayan lie.’

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, who continues to be under house detention, was once again barred from offering congregational Friday prayers today, a spokesman of the amalgam said in a statement. 

“Geelani Shahib was once against forcibly stopped from performing his religious obligation and it is now fifth time in a row from the 1st May that he was not allowed to participate in the Friday congregational prayers. Besides Geelani Sahib, dozens of other Hurriyat leaders and activists were either placed under house detention or detained in the different police stations. 

Senior leaders Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Altaf Ahmad Shah were placed under house arrest. The Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Firdous Ahmad Shah and Hakeem Abdul Rasheed were detained in different police stations. They too were denied permission to perform their religious duties,” the Hurriyat (G) spokesman said, terming the today’s police action as an act of ‘oppression and interference into the religious affairs of the Kashmiri people’.

Meanwhile, the spokesman termed the recent statement of police chief that Geelani sahib is a free man as a ‘Himalayan lie.’

“Geelani Sahab was put under continuous house detention after he participated in the Tral rally and from then his political as well as his social and religious activities has been completely restricted. The only purpose behind this huge lie is to create confusion among the general masses about the Geelani Sahab’s house arrest policy of the state government and it is a deliberate attempt,” the spokesman said, adding that “After coming into alliance with BJP it seems that Mufti Sayeed Sahab will break all the previous records and will write a new chapter in the Kashmir’s history of oppression.”

 Meanwhile, the spokesman thanked the people for staging protests against the death sentence to Dr Muhammad Morsi in Egypt on the call of Geelani despite strict restrictions.