Srinagar, Dec 29: Friday prayers were today offered after three weeks in historic Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, where chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) addressed the congregation after his release from house arrest this morning.
No Friday prayers could be offered in the Masjid, stronghold of Mirwaiz, for the past three consecutive weeks due to curfew like restrictions imposed by the authorities in the down town and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) to prevent any law and order problem following separatist calls for protests and strike.
Today there was no restriction in any part of the city, police said.
Thousands of people, including women, also joined the Friday prayers in the Masjid, where Mirwaiz addressed the congregation after three weeks. The authorities were closing all gates to prevent any assembly in the masjid.
Friday prayers were also offered across the Kashmir valley, including at the shrine of at the shrine of Gousal-ul-Azam Peer Dastigeer Sahib at Khanyar, where the annual urs is being celebrated on Saturday.
A spokesman of the Hurriyat Conference said that Mirwaiz, who was put under house arrest to prevent him from addressing congregation at Dastigeer sahib shrine yesterday, was released only today.
However, there was no relief for Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani who remained under house arrest for the several months. However, in between he was taken into custody a number of time after he defied restrictions only to be released in the evening each time.