SRINAGAR: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), the Kashmir Bar Association (KBA), and the transporters’ union have all extended support to the strike call given by business and trade organisations in Kashmir to protest the NIA summons to Muhammad Yasin Khan, chairman of the KTMF and KEA.
In a statement issued here, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, said that the Government of India was using the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as a weapon of war against Kashmiris.
The JRL also condemned the charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against senior Hurriyat leader Shabir Ahmad Shah.
The KBA, in a press statement, said that it has decided to support the strike call and requested the members of Bar Association Srinagar to abstain from court work on Monday in protest against the summoning of dozens of Kashmiris.
The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry expressed concern at reports of harassment of members of the business community by the NIA. In a statement issued here, the chamber said that it was of the “considered view that persons of interest to the investigating agencies were being subjected to harassment by questionable methods of investigation.”
“The investigation agencies had turned the principle of Presumption of Innocence until proved Guilty on its head by treating all persons of interest in this manner,” Dr Gazalla Amin, Secretary General KCCI, was quoted as saying in the statement.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC) has expressed deep concern over summoning of prominent trade leader and President KTMF Mohammad Yasin Khan by National Investigation Agency.
On Saturday, trade and business bodies had called for a ‘Kashmir Bandh’ to protest the NIA summons to Yasin Khan, who has been asked to come “as a witness” in the terror funding case the NIA has lodged against Kashmiri groups and individuals.