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If NIA wants to question anyone, they can do so in the valley, says Geelani

Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani has strongly condemned the summoning of his younger son Dr. Syed Naseem Geelani by NIA and said that Indian rulers and its agencies have stooped to the lowest level of moral and ethical bankruptcy.

In a statement, Geelani said that hatred and witch-hunt against Kashmiris is at its peak outside valley and most of the Kashmiris have been threatened, tortured and dragged out of their residences, educational institutions and hostels, forcing many of them to return home leaving their studies and business.

“In such a charged atmosphere common Kashmiri feels unsafe and relatives of pro-freedom people will surely be targeted and in such a disturbing atmosphere we can’t afford to risk the life of anybody travelling out of valley,” Geelani said.

Hurriyat chairman said that if questioning anybody including my son is must they (NIA) can do so in the valley.

He further added that Delhi rulers and its agencies harass and intimidate my family just to pressurize me, but these cowardly acts will yield nothing for them. “In 2017 also, when ghost of NIA threatened every freedom loving person, particularly their families including businessmen, we voluntarily offered ourselves to be questioned by the investigating agency, but very cunningly the authorities didn’t dare to face us,” the statement added.

He said that if Delhi rulers treat us as law breakers and want to clarify their doubts.

“I once again offer myself for such questioning and my more than 50 years political career stands testimony to the fact that all the agencies, overt or covert, are well aware of my political stand,” Geelani said.

Earlier, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was also summoned by the NIA on Saturday, through is counsel said that he won’t go to New Delhi but send a written reply.

In his written reply according to his legal counsel ‘it was unwise for his client to travel to Delhi under the prevailing conditions of hostility wherein there is a threat to the personal safety of my client.’

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had been summoned by the National Investigation Agency on Saturday.

The summon read, “Whereas, it appears that you are acquainted with the circumstances of the case noted below, which is now under investigation by the NIA, New Delhi, you are hereby required to report before the undersigned at National Investigation Agency, Ministry of Home Affairs, Opposite CGO complex Lodhi Road, new Delhi on 11-02-2019 at 10:30 am for the purpose of your examination relating to the case,” said a notice, issued to the Mirwaiz by the NIA.

Pertinently, on 26 Feb last month, the NIA raided Mirwaiz’s residence at Nigeen and searched the premises for over six hours.

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The NIA is conducting investigations into an alleged funding case in the valley. Many Hurriyat leaders have been detained at New Delhi’s Tihar jail in the case.

Moreover, Government of India recently banned the socio-religious organization Jamaat-e-Islami and detained its top leadership. JKLF Chief Yasin Malik was also sent to Kot Balwal Jail, Jammu after he was booked under the Public Safety Act.


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