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Srinagar Police responds to Asaduddin Owaisi, claims that Jamia Masjid is “fully open”

Edited By: Viaks Mavi

21 September 2022 (New Delhi): On Tuesday, All India Majlis-e-President and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi questioned why Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid was closed every Friday when Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated a multiplex cinema hall in the twin districts of Shopian and Pulwama on Sunday.

Police countered Asaduddin Owaisi’s Claim

In response, the Srinagar Police took a swipe at Owaisi by a tweet.
The Police tweeted, “Jamia is fully opened. Only on 3 occasions post covid, it was temporarily shut for Friday noon prayers owing to inputs of terror attack and law-n-order situation. This was after Jamia authorities failed to take responsibility for happening inside. Staying far is no excuse for ignorance.” In the past, Srinagar city had 12 famous cinemas but they were shut down in the 90s when militancy broke out in the Valley which tore its social and peaceful atmosphere. The cinemas were banned by a terrorist group called ‘Allah Tigers’.

What was Owaisi’s tweet?

This came after AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi had tweeted and asked, “Sir Manoj Sinha, you have opened cinema halls in Shopian and Pulwama, but why is Srinagar Jamia Masjid shut every Friday, at least don’t shut it during the afternoon matinee show.”

LG Manoj Sinha gave credit for this change to PM Modi

LG Manoj Sinha stated that such changes are now possible in Kashmir due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, who took a historic step on August 5, 2019, to reshape Jammu and Kashmir and put an end to its bleak past. Sinha stated that all districts in Jammu and Kashmir will have 100-seater cinema halls where young people can be entertained. Last week, Sinha inaugurated two cinema halls in the once-military strongholds of Shopian and Pulwama in south Kashmir.

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