Banning funeral prayers shows Kashmir under ‘martial law’, says Geelani

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Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said that banning a funeral showed that Kashmir was “practically under martial law”.

“He strongly condemned the restrictions over the funeral prayers in absentia for the late pro-freedom leader Amanullah Khan Sahab, imposing curfew in Lalchowk and adjoining areas and detention of many pro-freedom leaders and activists by the police,” a statement quoted Geelani as saying.

He said the government action “is not only a worst kind of state terrorism but it also amounts to direct interference into our religious affairs and it will not be tolerated in any ways.”

The octogenarian leader said that every deceased person is respected in a civilized society despite the differences.

“Geelani sahab said that the government of Jammu & Kashmir has no respect for the laws or the moral values and this state is practically ruled by the martial law. The people of this region are barred to follow their faith and even the funeral prayers are banned here,” the statement quoted the Hurriyat (G) chairman.

By banning the prayers, he said, the government had committed a great sin, which would not be forgiven by the Almighty Allah.

He also strongly condemned the attitude of the state police for trying to act as more loyal than the king and said that they had established a “Gunda Raj” (hooliganism) in the state.

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