SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Wednesday said it is “seriously looking” into the developments by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and after taking “all other concern(ed) quarters” on board will take appropriate steps in this regard.
In a statement, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik slammed the NIA for extending till October 17 the judicial remand of the seven Hurriyat leaders in its custody and issuing fresh summons to “sixty more students”.
“(By) pushing NIA into service, authorities are terrorising and harassing (the) political leadership, traders’ community, university professors, students, doctors, scholars, advocates and innocent citizens,” the leadership said.
“Authorities are using NIA as (a) war weapon and implicating resistance leaders in fabricated cases and subjecting them to vengeance,” it said and strongly condemned the detention of PhD scholar Aala Fazili. “The coercion and force will have its consequences and it is universal truth that wherever innocent people are harassed and human rights (violated), the reaction is obvious and quite expected.”
Commenting on the unending detention of Hurriyat leaders including Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Pir Saifullah, Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan and Farooq Ahmed Dar, the leadership said the “puppet regime stands exposed and they have lost their credibility”.
“Instead of taking any action against (the) erring forces personnel involved in violence, authorities are harassing student community,” they said.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said the significance of the Kashmir issue will never fade. “India can (neither) break our resolve nor bring an iota of change in the nature of Kashmir issue but should understand its gravity,” they said and urged New Delhi to fulfil its commitment and resolve the issue, keeping in view its historical background.
Meanwhile, the leadership paid rich tributes to slain Hizb ul Mujahideen commander Abdul Qayoom Najar and said “he devoted his whole life for the freedom of nation and strived for a sacred cause”.
The leadership extended its heartfelt condolence to the family of Mushtaq Ahmad Shiekh, the third victim of the Tral grenade attack, who succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday.
The joint leadership also expressed deep concern over the incidents of braid chopping in south Kashmir and urged locals and mohalla and masjid committees to keep a close vigil over miscreants involved in such immoral activities and to expose them in public.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said the state authorities have virtually handed over south Kashmir to “ruthless forces” and are “unleashing a reign of terror” against innocent people, “thus creating chaos”.
“We are deeply monitoring the situation,” the leadership said, adding, “Keeping in mind the sensitivity of the issue, (we) will come [up] with the appropriate strategy.”
They expressed deep concern over the failing health of detainees in jail and strongly denounced the slapping of the Public Security Act on Abdul Hameed Dar and his being shifted to Kot Bilwal Jail, Jammu.
“People are being pushed to (the) wall,” the leadership said and warned the authorities of “dire consequences (if) atrocities are not stopped forthwith”.