Media through unsubstantiated leaks by the agencies harassing Mirwaiz: Hurriyat (M)

Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (M) on Thursday strongly denounced the ‘lies and canards being circulated by some media channels’ through ‘unsubstantiated leaks by the agencies’ which are bent on to harass the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

In a statement, an APHC spokesman said: “After the illegal raid at Mirwaiz residence the media through propaganda and lies is already passing its verdict on Mirwaiz to vitiate public opinion against him in India.”

The spokesman said the so called high-tech system “recovered” from the Mirwaiz residence is a legal direct Internet class B lease line free to air from a private internet provider in Regal Chowk.

“The tower in the premise was erected after the service provider said that for last mile connectivity between Regal Chowk and his house a tower needed to be erected. The tower would also be used for surveillance purpose by putting a PTZ camera to monitor the whole area as the police personnel at his residence had insisted on surveillance cameras.”

To say it was “recovered “and used as some kind of “hotline” with other country is ridiculous, said the spokesman. The government police cover that the Mirwaiz had at his residence all these years knew about it all along, he added.

The spokesman further said: “As the Mirwaiz said in his press statement after he was not allowed a press conference after the illegal raid at his residence, that letterheads of APHC Anjuman Auqaf and AAC were seized by the investigative agency and no seizure report was given to Mirwaiz despite his request to them.”

He said the electronic media reports that some incriminating letterheads were recovered is “mischievous” and a “cause of concern as the agency may tamper with what that seized and as no seizure report was given.”

“Despite knowing that it is an attempt to harass him Mirwaiz has said that he is willing to cooperate in the matter in Srinagar but the way it is being done and the propaganda campaign being run around it besides, putting his safety in danger outside Kashmir shows that there are clearly other reasons behind it than what is being touted.”

Recently, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had been summoned by the National Investigation Agency recently. However, Mirwaiz added that he won’t go to New Delhi but give a written reply to the NIA .

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.’

Earlier, Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani said that if NIA wants to question anyone, they can do it in the valley itself.

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