irwaiz Umar Farooq Friday called for the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley, saying despite advocating for peace, it is unfortunate that he was branded as anti-national, anti-peace and separatist as well.
Delivering his first sermon after 4 being released from house detention after 4 years, Mirwaiz said that four years of his house detention were the worst period of his life after his father’s death. “I was allowed to deliver sermon on the pulpit of Jamia Masjid after 212 consecutive Fridays,” he said.
“I cannot utter my sentiments, but it is all because of the prayers of people that I am here again to deliver the sermon,” he said, adding that it was quite difficult for him to stay away from the pulpit for four years.
Reacting to the statement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Ukraine issue, Mirwaiz said that he was right in saying that the present era is not of war.
Following the path of peace, we had to bear difficulties, but unfortunately, we were branded as separatists, anti-national and anti-peace.
“It is because of our peaceful mission that we continued to appeal for the return of Kashmiri migrants,” he said. (With inputs fron KNO)