Working advocates under the banner of district Bar Association Pulwama abstained from court work on Tuesday in response to a shutdown call given by its parent body, Kashmir Bar Association against summoning of its president, Advocate Main Abdul Qayoom by national investigation agency (NIA) to New Delhi.
The district bar association members expressed anguish over ‘leveling false allegations’ against Qayoom.
“We in one voice condemn the action of NIA for Summoning Bar president to New Delhi to answer false allegations leveled against him,” said Advocate Abdul Rashid Thoker, spokesperson of district Bar Association Pulwama, adding that they stand in solidarity with their leader who according to him is one of the leading voice for ongoing Kashmir struggle.
“The summary of allegations is false, fabricated, concocted and is aimed to malign the image of Qayoom to deter him to leave the cause of Kashmiri people,” he said.
The national investigation agency has issued a notice to Jammu and Kashmir High Court lawyer Main Abdul Qayoom who is also president Kashmir Bar Association to appear before it on 6 September at its headquarters in New Delhi.
The federal agency has raided offices of many separatist leaders and businessmen in Kashmir after a sting operation carried out by a New Delhi based news channel which showed some persons were receiving funds from Pakistan to fan trouble in Kashmir.
Subsequently, some separatist leaders, their relatives and a few businessmen were asked by NIA to New Delhi and many people were taken into custody.