SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq received strong support of Kashmir’s top business associations in his decision to not go to Delhi in answer to the NIA’s summons that he appear for questioning in a “terror funding” case. Trade and industry organisations held a presser here on Tuesday to voice their support to the eminent resistance leader and the religious head of the state.
The presser was addressed jointly by the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), Kashmir Chamber of Industries, Shehr-e-Khaas Coordination Committee, Jamia Traders Association, Beopar Mandal SR Gunj, Central Traders and Manufacturers Association, and Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association.
“We are of the firm conviction that under present abnormal conditions prevailing in the state, the government should act more cordially to avoid harassment to Kashmiris. They must also take note that Dr Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is the religious head of the state,” said Dr Abdul Majeed Mir, the vice president of KCCI.
“There seems to be a concerted attempt to cause distrutpions and provoke the peace loving population,” he added.
The Mirwaiz is the latest resistance leader that the NIA has summoned to Delhi post the 2016 public uprising. The NIA has since then arrested many senior leaders including Shabir Shah, Mehraj-u-Din-Kalwal, Mohammad Altaf and others.
Along with the Mirwaiz, the NIA also summoned Dr Naseem Geelani, a scientist at SKUAST University and the son of Syed Ali Geelani. It was the fourth time in the last one-and-a-half year that he was summoned by the NIA to its New Delhi headquarters. Dr Geelani, too, declined to go to Delhi citing his academic engagements.
“The business community of Kashmir has called this press conference to register our protest at the repeated harassment of leaders, institutions, and organisation of Kashmir. Socio-religious institutions are a part of our history and culture. Their role in upliftment of the poor, supporting orphans and imparting education and Islamic Values to the majority of the population is unparalleled,” Mir said.
“We together condemn the brazen attempts at politicisation of the situation in Kashmir. A section of social and electronic media is being used to tarnish our image. The valley appears to be under siege,” he added.