Geelani’s long house detention ends, leads prayers at Hydepora Mosque
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani offered the congregational Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid Hyderpora Srinagar, first time after a period of almost eight years.
Reports said that Geelani along with Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, a newly appointed Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman and others aides left for the prayers around 1 pm.
While addressing a massive gathering at Jamia Masjid Hyderpora after his release from house detention, Geelani said that he read from a newspaper today morning that the government has decided to free him.
Director General of Police S P Vaid had last night told Greater Kashmir that Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik were free to go anywhere. However, he said that the leaders won’t be allowed to create law and order problems.
“I won’t jump the gun. We will work out a new strategy after thorough consultations,” said Geelani.
As soon as the news of Geelani’s release spread in the area, hundreds of people, including women and children, thronged the masjid to listen to the speech of the ailing leader.
Clashes ensued soon after prayers ended at the Jamia Masjid where Geelani offered prayers and addressed the gathering.