Srinagar: After 19 months of house detention, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) has been released and is free to carry out his religious duties, KNO reported on Thursday, quoting unnamed sources.
Earlier, there were reports that Mirwaiz would be released anytime this week.
Sources said that Mirwaiz, Kashmir’s chief cleric, is free from house detention and he can move out and go anywhere he wishes to. However, sources close to Mirwaiz said that mobile police vehicles continue to remain deployed outside the main entrance gate of Mirwaiz’s Nigeen residence.
Mirwaiz was placed under house detention on August 4, 2019 — a day before the Government of India announced the scrapping of Article 370 and sliced the erstwhile state into two Union Territories — Ladakh and J&K.
Since then, he has remained largely dormant with his once vocal Twitter silent. Even though his party issued press releases occasionally, the last time he took to Twitter was August 4, 2019.
Mirwaiz’s release assumes significance given the fact that India and Pakistan recently agreed to honour the ceasefire pact as guns have fallen silent on the Line of Control (LoC) across J&K with border residents welcoming the move.
Political analysts have already opined that India and Pakistan may move ahead and take some concrete Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in the months to come. “There is every likelihood that the fresh CBMs may include the release of more political leaders who are serving detention but not those facing serious offences/charges,” a source said.
Sources said that Mirwaiz will address the next Friday congregational gathering at historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar after 82 weeks.
Interestingly, Mirwaiz is also scheduled to attend the Ulema Council meet at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal Srinagar to discuss the growing drug abuse issue in Kashmir besides other social issues.
On Wednesday, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti in a tweet had stated, “Good to hear about Mirwaiz’s release from arbitrary detention. I hope that hundreds of Kashmiri men languishing in jails in and outside J&K will also be released soon. It’s time they return home to their families.” (KNO)