Sajjad's Charges Unfortunate: Mirwaiz
16 February 2004
News Network International
Srinagar: Breaking his silence over the allegations leveled by Sajjad Lone, founder All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said it was most unfortunate that his name is being dragged into the controversy. Mirwaiz was quoted by KTNS as saying that as a chief priest he cannot shrug his religious responsibility and that was why he offered Nimaz-e-Jinaza to slain Al-Umar chief operational commander Rafiq Ahmad. 'Apart from APHC leader I am a Mirwaiz. And I cannot say no to anybody who approaches me to perform the religious duty. That was also the reason that I participated in the funeral procession of Rafiq', he said. Mirwaiz said he also offered Nimaz-e- Jinaza of Rafiq because his father was a member of his party Awami Action Committee. 'Rafiq's father is an important member of my party and I being the chairman have an added responsibility', he said. Founder APHC chairman also wondered if Sajjad was knowing the name of his father's assassin, he should have at least informed them about it. 'We do not know whether Rafiq was involved in the killing of Abdul Gani Lone. And it came to fore only after Rafiq was killed. If the Lone brothers were knowing it they should have informed us', he said. Mirwaiz also added that during their conversation with Bilal Lone, another name was forwarded who was identified as the killer of Abdul Gani Lone. 'It is unfortunate that my name is being dragged unnecessary into this controversy', he said.