NIA raids aimed to muzzle voices of pro-freedom leaders: JRL 

Saying that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is being used as ‘a war weapon against leadership’, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Monday said that they raid residences of pro-freedom leaders to muzzle their voices.

According to the statement issued here, the JRL including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said that NIA is being used as ‘a war weapon against leadership’, with its main objective to harass leadership.

The leadership said that the NIA is framing and raiding the residences of pro-freedom leaders and activists as a pre-planned psychological crackdown, so that they surrender and stop voicing the sentiments of their nation.

Referring to NIA, the leadership said that although this agency is being projected as an autonomous body, however its services are being utilized to terrorize leadership and defame and discredit the ongoing freedom movement.

“They are trying to frame false cases against resistance camp and putting pressure on us to weaken the resistance movement,” JRL said.

“All these state sponsored tactics and coercive measures won’t deter us from pursuing our mission, nor these coercions, suppressive and aggressive measures will make us to surrender,” said the leadership.

The resistance leadership while referring to famous religious scholar, Dr Zakir Naik, said that he too was forced to leave the country after framing concocted stories against him and in a similar manner authorities to defame freedom movement are planning to frame fake cases against the resistance leadership.

The leadership, according to the statement warned Indian authorities of dire consequences if this is not stopped forthwith.

“We are deliberating over this issue seriously and are in continuous consultations with all sections of society,” they said, adding that a policy to resist this move will be chalked out.

The leadership said that for past several days NIA is unnecessarily questioning Mohammad Altaf Shah and Shahid ul Islam and added that during NIA raids in Srinagar, hawala money or any objectionable material was not seized, however through their mischievous plans NIA is trying to get hold of leadership on fictitious charges as was done in Dr Zakir Nayaks case, added the leadership.

They said that this has proved beyond doubt that NIA is not an autonomous agency, instead a tool in the hands of fanatical authorities in Delhi and they take undue advantage of this agency against its opponents or that pursuing freedom struggle in the state.

“Kashmir issue is a reality,” they said, adding that “through these repressive measures they won’t be able to achieve any good and it is our sincere suggestion to authorities in Delhi that instead of meddling through these feverish means they should address the core issue and provide an opportunity to ascertain the aspirations of people about political destiny of state.”

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