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Kashmiri pro-freedom leader and religious scholar passes away

On 25th October, Moulana Muhammad Abbas Ansari, a religious leader and former chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, an alliance of Kashmiri parties, died. The 86-year-old leader died at his home in Srinagar. He had been ailing for some years and had lately been hospitalized for a few days. In a tweet by Hurriyat Conference, it was stated that the Indian authorities did not allow people to offer his funeral prayers at Eidgah, the prominent place of religious congregations in Kashmir. Hurriyat Chairman and Ansari’s lifelong companion Mirwaiz Omar Farooq was also barred from attending the funeral gathering.[12]

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