Geelani, Mirwaiz under house arrest; Malik detained
The authorities on Tuesday barred separatist leaders from paying homage to the 12th Mirwaiz of undivided Kashmir Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammad Yousuf Shah on his 50th death anniversary by caging them.
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest last night and was not allowed to visit Aali Masjid today to attend the function to pay homage to late Mirwaiz Yousuf Shah.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani remained under house arrest at his Hyderpora residence.
The separatist leaders had planned a programme at Aali Masjid to commemorate the 50th death anniversary of Mirwaiz Yousuf Shah who served two terms as the Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) president in 1952 and 1956. He had also served as an education minister there.
Mirwaiz Yousuf Shah, who went into exile in PaK in 1947, died on December 12, 1968 at Rawalpandi but his death anniversary is commemorated in accordance with Islamic lunar calendar on 17th day of the holy month of Ramzan.
JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was detained from party office at Abi Guzar locality in uptown Srinagar.
He was scheduled to take part in a programme to pay homage to Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammad Yousuf Shah, a religious scholar who was the first to interpret the holy Quran in Kashmiri language.