SRINAGAR: Business leader Yasin Khan was “examined” on Monday by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi.
Secretary-general of the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), Bashir Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader that “the questioning of Khan started at 11am and went up to 5:45pm, but he was given a break of about 30 minutes in the day.”
Bashir informed that Khan has been asked to appear once again before NIA on Tuesday morning.
Khan is the chairperson of the KEA as well as of the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF).
Farhan Kitab, spokesperson of KTMF, told this newspaper that Khan was being questioned by an SP-rank NIA officer, besides the investigation officer (IO).
“Khan was asked about his life, family background, business profile, and the organisations he leads and its members,” Kitab said. “The KEA chief is well,” he added.
NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal could not be contacted as his cell phone remained switched off till late this evening.
However, the NIA told the PTI that Khan was examined today in Delhi, without giving any further details.
“The frequent issuance of summons to political leaders is unjustified and sheer illustration of state-sponsored terrorism,” said the Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference in a statement.
Yasin Khan was summoned by the NIA as “witnesses” in the “terror funding” case that the NIA registered on May 30.
He reached the NIA headquarters around 10:30am and was examined by a team of NIA from 11am till evening.
Senior Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Shah Wali Mohammad (85) and Dr Syed Naseem Geelani, son of Syed Ali Geelani and Kashmir University PhD scholar Aala Fazli were
also questioned today by the NIA. Naseem is a teacher at SKUAST-K.
Meanwhile, trade bodies thanked people of Kashmir, particularly the business community, for making successful the strike call against the summons issued by NIA to Khan.
“Unity was the need of the hour and the strength of the common man has been displayed,” said a joint statement issued by the Khan-led KEA and KTMF.
“The support from the business fraternity including transporters has been overwhelming and has proved that we are one family united for common cause,” the statement added.
Reiterating that Kashmir Inc was not against the NIA investigations but against their tactics of investigations, the statement by KEA and KTMF said, “Such methods as adopted by New Delhi would only lead to further chaos and destruction of business sector in the trouble-torn region.”
“Why Kashmir Inc is inseparable from K-issue is essentially because it’s always the business community which bears the brunt of the fallouts. We cannot be mute spectators but will continue to be an independent voice seeking resolution through dialogue and not war,” the joint statement added.
—(With inputs from Muheet-ul-Islam)