Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Farooq released after 4-year house arrest
Held Srinagar: Top Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been released from his four-year-long house arrest in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
This significant development follows his detention in 2019 when India revoked Kashmir’s special status, plunging region into political turmoil. After his release, Mirwaiz was allowed to lead Friday prayers in Srinagar, principal city of disputed territory.
Mirwaiz (50) was visibly emotional as he addressed congregation from pulpit of historic masjid in Srinagar. His return to public life was met with tears of joy from numerous supporters who had awaited his release. During his years of confinement, Mirwaiz played pivotal role in orchestrating protests against Indian governance in contested region.
His arrest coincided with India’s decision to strip Kashmir of its statehood, separate Constitution and longstanding land and job protections. Decision to release Mirwaiz was conveyed to him by senior police officials, who visited his residence and informed him of authorities’ decision to end his house detention and permit him to attend Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid.
Published in The Daily National Courier, September, 23 2023