Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyet forum Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has strongly denounced the continued lockdown of historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar since July 9, 2016.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who continues to be under house detention, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the assault on people’s religious rights and obligations was a way of punishing them and hurting their religious sentiments, said a press release issued on Saturday.

The Mirwaiz said that like a battleground the puppet authorities fortify the grand mosque and the areas around it with Indian forces’ personnel and declare a war against Muslims who want to offer prayers there. The shameless authorities arrest and jail anyone heeding the call of faith dares to defy the anti-Islam policy and tries to offer prayers there, he deplored.

He appealed to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, custodian of Harmain Sharifain, ulema, scholars and religious organizations across the world to raise their voice against the miserable situation of human, religious and political rights of the people of occupied Kashmir and state terrorism unleashed upon them by India.