NIA harassing my family members, says Mirwaiz

Hurriyat Conference (M) chief, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Monday said that a notice by National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been sent to the members of his family summoning them to New Delhi for questioning. He said that such steps are aimed to build pressure on him.

According to the statement issued here, Mirwaiz said, “It is shameful that now my relatives are being harassed, for the simple reason of being my relatives to build pressure on me.”

“Both my uncles who have been served notices by the NIA are respected retired high level Government officers, who have served the people of the state with honesty and integrity. To subject them to harassment and intimidation for being my relatives is painful to me and a highly ignoble act,” he said.

He said that if harassing and squeezing people of Kashmir and leadership from all sides is being considered as a way of doing away with the Kashmir dispute and is the much publicized “final solution ” by those in power, then those who are pursuing this will be hugely disappointed.

“The Kashmir dispute and the struggle of its brave people for self-determination for the past 70 years derives its life and succor from universal principles of liberty and justice. Values and Ideals that have and will stand all tests of oppression and will eventually prevail,” he said.

Criticizing the government for the frequent restrictions in the downtown areas, the Hurriyat Conference (M) chief, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Monday said that such attitude has severely affected the trade and daily activities in the areas.

Mirwaiz also criticized the Government for repeatedly putting downtown areas of Srinagar city under strict curfew and restrictions to ‘inconvenience and harass’ the people residing there and ‘punish them’ for their support to the people’s movement.

“All trade and daily activities of the people of the area are severely affected by these arbitrary and inhuman restrictions and it is causing psychologically trauma to them,” he said.

Referring to the incident at Bahmnoo village of Pulwama in which a young boy Jehangir Wagay has been grievously injured, Mirwaiz said, “CASO operations by forces are becoming a routine, particularly in towns and villages which result in the killings and injuring of civilians by the forces and destruction and damage to the properties of residents. This is a matter of grave concern and anguish among the masses.”

Mirwaiz said while general Kashmiris are being targeted through bullets and pellets, simultaneously resistance leadership their aides and activists human right groups intellectuals newspaper offices, civil society members traders business community are also being targeted and harassed for their association with the people’s movement.

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