Srinagar: The National Conference (NC) on Saturday asked New Delhi not to make it ‘a point of prestige’ to summon Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to New Delhi.
Party general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said that the Valley’s chief cleric should be questioned in the Valley.
“Government should not make it a point of prestige to summon him (Mirwaiz) to New Delhi. He has already affirmed in his response that he is willing to cooperate,” Sagar said while addressing a gathering in Shahar-e-Khas locality of Srinagar.
“Keeping in view socio-religious disposition, he should be questioned here in Srinagar only,” he added.
Sagar said the position of Mirwaiz is of immense socio-religious importance and the “injudicious approach of humiliation and intimidation will hurt the sentiments of his followers”.
“The post of Mirwaiz is highly venerated by the people of Kashmir. Notwithstanding his politics, his family has played a pivotal role in the socio-political emancipation of the people of Kashmir,” Sagar said.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in his Friday sermon said that New Delhi cannot intimidate Kashmiri by issuing summons. Mirwaiz was referring to the summon of the NIA which was issued to him asking him to present himself before the agency in New Delhi.
The chief cleric of Kashmir also added that Kashmiri will continue to seek peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute.
“Is seeking peaceful resolution of Kashmir terrorism,” Mirwaiz asked.
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.