SRINAGAR — As a preventive measure to contain the spread of Coronavirus in Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Wakf Board on Saturday announced the suspension of regular prayers in shrines and mosques affiliated with it.

In an order issued by Chief Executive of the J&K Wakaf Board, displaying of Holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on ensuing Mehraj-ul-Alam (SA) celebrations on Monday, have been also suspended.

“In view of the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), declared as “pandemic” by the World Health Organization and as preventive measure to contain the spread of the virus in Kashmir Valley and subsequent imposition of restrictions under Section 144 CrPc by the District Administration concerned, it is hereby ordered to suspend regular prayers in shrines / mosques affiliated with the Wakaf Board and displaying of Holy Relic (PBW) on the occasion of Mehrai-ul-Alam (SAW) celebrations,” reads the order which gives no time frame for the suspension period.

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The Board has urged district magistrates of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Budgam, Srinagar, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Baramulla and Kupwara to provide necessary Police assistance to Controllers and Administrators of the Shrines and mosques affiliated with the Wakf Board to strictly implement the provisions of the Section 144 in and around the mosques and shrines.

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