SRINAGAR: The joint resistance camp on Monday said NIA is being used as a war weapon against the leadership with its main objective to harass them. It also warned Indian authorities of “dire consequences” if the agencies’ moves are not stopped forthwith.
“We are seriously deliberating over this issue and are in continuous consultation with all sections of (the) society to chalk out a policy to resist this move,” the leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik, said in a statement issued here.
They said NIA frames and raids the residences of pro-freedom leaders and activists as part of “pre-planned psychological crackdown” so that they (leadership and activists) surrender and stop voicing the sentiments of their nation.
The leadership said though NIA is being projected as an autonomous body however it is used to “terrorise the leadership and defame and discredit the ongoing freedom movement”.
“All these state-sponsored tactics and coercive measures won’t deter us from pursuing our mission or make us to surrender,” they said.
While referring to prominent religious scholar, Dr Zakir Naik, the resistance leadership said he (Naik) too was forced to leave the country after framing concocted stories against him. “In a similar manner, authorities to defame (the) freedom movement are planning to frame fake cases against (the) leadership,” they said.
Geelani, Mirwaiz, and Malik said for past several days, NIA is unnecessarily questioning Mohammad Altaf Shah and Shahid ul Islam. They said no hawala money or not any objectionable material was seized during NIA raids in Srinagar.
“Through their mischievous plans, they are trying to get hold of leadership on fictitious charges as was done in case of Dr Zakir Naik. This has proved beyond doubt that NIA is not an autonomous agency (but) a tool in the hands of fanatical authorities in Delhi (who) take undue advantage of this agency against its opponents or those pursuing freedom struggle in (the) state,” they said.
“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 (the) state.”
Geelani, Mirwaiz, and Malik added, “We are a peace-loving nation and are deeply enthusiastic for lasting peace. (It would be) better for Indian leadership to shun haughty and stubborn attitude and help in creating a peaceful atmosphere in (the) subcontinent.”