Funeral prayers in absentia held for Mohamed Morsi in Kashmir University

Srinagar: The students of Kashmir University on Tuesday offered funeral prayers in absentia for the deposed Egyptian president Dr Mohamed Morsi.

The former President was buried on Tuesday in eastern Cairo, his son said, a day after he collapsed in court and died shortly after.

Witnesses said that scores of faculty members, scholars, and students assembled outside the varsity masjid after afternoon prayers and offered funeral in absentia for the first democratically elected Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi and prayed for the departed soul.

Morsi was buried early in the morning alongside other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood, his son, Ahmed Morsi, said on his Facebook page.

The burial was attended by members of the family in Cairo’s Madinat Nasr after authorities refused to grant permission for a burial in Morsi’s home province of Sharqiya in the Nile Delta, Ahmed Morsi said.

“We washed his noble body at Tora prison hospital, read prayers for him at the prison hospital … and the burial was at the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guides,” Ahmed wrote.

Morsi’s lawyer, Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud, confirmed the burial took place in the public cemetery early on Tuesday.

Morsi, who was a leading figure in the Brotherhood, became Egypt’s first democratically elected president in 2012, one year after the Arab Spring uprising saw the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

He was deposed in July 2013 following a military coup led by Egypt’s current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, after which he was immediately arrested. He had been in detention ever since.

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