Srinagar : Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq delivered Friday sermon at historic Jamia Masjid Nowhatta Srinagar after a gap of four years.
Officials told GNS that the administration took the decision after due consultation with different law enforcement agencies.
Notably, according to Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz was placed under house arrest on August 4, 2019 when the Government of India day later revoked Article 370 and 35A besides the State was bifurcated and downgraded to two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh.
Meanwhile, National Conference President and Member of the Parliament from Srinagar Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah have welcomed the release of Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from over “four-year house arrest.”
Welcoming the release of Mirwaiz, Farooq said, “I welcome this long pending demand to release Mirwaiz from house arrest. However it shouldn’t have taken this long. The road to lasting peace and prosperity requires continuation of such efforts on various fronts to address the complex and multifaceted challenges facing J&K. It is indeed a welcome step towards justice, peace, and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir. I hope that Mirwaiz continues walking freely & performs his duties in an unrestricted manner.”
Omar Abdullah has also welcomed the decision to release Mirwaiz from four years long house arrest. “I welcome the step taken by the administration in Jammu and Kashmir to release Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from house arrest. I hope that they allow him to move freely, interact with people and resume his social/religious responsibilities,” he said. (GNS)