The conference was being held at Larnoo, Kokernag in South Kashmir.
Islamabad, March 19: A religious conference that was scheduled to be held at Larnoo area in Kokernag of Southern Kashmir’s Islamabad district was today disallowed by the authorities, citing law and order as the reason. The conference that was to be presided by the Mirwaiz of Southern Kashmir, Qazi Ahmed Yasir was being attended by religious clerics from other parts of Kashmir too. The venue was early morning sealed by the police and people were not allowed to enter inside the venue.
The party has strongly condemned the curbs calling it a highhandedness of police in all affairs. “After beating journalists in Kashmir and barring the right to speech, the state is not interfering in religious affairs, disallowing the freedom of religion” the spokesman of Ummat e Islami said. The Chairman of the amalgam while addressing the meeting which was conveyed to condemn the restrictions on the rally said, “The activities of Ummat e Islami have always been under scanner and we have been constantly disallowed to offer religious, social, political duties. One has to understand that when the state targets a particular community, it doesn’t target any particular ideology or group, but its battle is against an identity.” “We cannot be isolated in the battle if we are fighting the same battle. The bombs of enemies of Islam do not bomb only Sunnis or only shias, but Muslims” he said. The chairman strongly denounced the restrictions and said the local government if just following the footsteps of its ideals and symbols, like yogi Adityanath which will not be allowed in Jammu Kashmir.
The party demanded the release of Sarjan Barkati, Sajjad Hashmi, Fayaz Ahmed Talaq, Bhat Raouf, Sheikh Bilal, Mehmood Topiwal, Peer Ashraf, Mushtaq ul Islam, Ghulam Qadir Bhat and other political prisoners.