Srinagar: Peoples Conference (PC) Chairman Sajad Lone has appealed to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha for the release of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from house detention.
Mirwaiz Farooq has been under detention since August 2019 when the center scrapped the special status under Article 370 and 35A to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Lone took to microblogger tweeter and said “Spare a thought for Mirwaiz Kashmir. He is under continued detention for the last four years. And none of us has talked about him. My apologies”.
“Humble appeal to Amit Shah sahib and Manoj Sinha sahib to please ensure that he is released as soon as possible. He has himself been a victim of violence”, Lone said in another tweet.
“We may differ politically but he inspires us as a religious head. A religious head who spearheaded the forces of moderation”, he added.
He said “Mirwaiz Kashmir has stuck to utterances which are moderate and represent the true essence of Islam. He has religious duties. His continued incarceration is a crime against him and against all those whom he inspires at a religious level”.
“Let it be known. There are many wars in Kashmir. And in our real war he is an unapologetic moderate”, Lone said in a tweet.