Srinagar: After raiding and arresting Hurriyat Conference leaders, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has now extended its net over the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).
The NIA is probing a case of alleged “funding for subversive activities in J&K” and has summoned JKLF zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal over it.
A spokesperson of JKLF said, “NIA called Noor Mohammad Kalwal on Friday and asked him to present himself before NIA in Delhi on Monday 28th August 2017. A written summons was also delivered to him through local police on Saturday.”
Terming the NIA summons as a “ploy to intimidate resistance leaders and activists”, JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik said, “Indian rulers with the help of their local stooges are using NIA as a tool against political resistance in Jammu Kashmir.”
“Noor Muhammad Kalwal is a known political leader whose social as well as political life is like an open book. He is leading a modest life and is known in Kashmir for his integrity, simplicity, selflessness and commitment to the peaceful resistance,” Malik said. “Since a long time NIA is threatening and bullying political activists and businessmen by calling them to Delhi and grilling them for hours, days, months and trying to percolate something from them so that resistance leadership is maligned and demonised.”
NIA arrested seven Hurriyat Conference leaders and grilled them in New Delhi before its court sent them to judicial remand till September 1. A top businessman, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, has also been detained and is undergoing investigation by the NIA. The two sons of Hurriyat Conference chief Syed Ali Geelani are also being questioned by NIA.
“This agency has arrested many leaders and businessmen so far and is continuing a vicious media trial against Kashmiris which actually shows their malice against Kashmiri resistance. Indian rulers and their agencies want to slander resistance leadership and thus whole resistance movement under the garb of so-called ‘terror funding’ but instead of directly questioning and summoning the leaders are terrorising their kith and kin, friends and families and running a media trial to excrete political mileage,” Malik said in his statement.
He asked Indian leadership and their agencies that “if they are sure about the allegations levelled against resistance leadership, why are they terrorising people here and there and why don’t they directly summon the leadership so that this matter is settled and people get aware of the real facts”.
“For us,” Malik said, “this struggle is a sacred struggle nourished by enormous innocent blood and despite all propaganda, intimidations, threats and torture we will keep the flag and flame of this struggle high and will leave no stone unturned to take this people’s struggle to its desired goal.”