Hurriyat (M) leaders to accompany him
SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) has said its leaders will accompany the amalgam chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to NIA headquarters New Delhi on Monday for the investigation after a summon was sent to him for third time on Friday in connection with a 2017 funding case.
A Hurriyat (M) spokesperson in a statement said a crucial meeting of the amalgam’s executive members which include Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Ghani Lone, and Masroor Abbas Ansari was held at the residence of Mirwaiz.
The meeting strongly condemned the move and said Mirwaiz was “deliberately harassed” and there was an effort to “criminalise” the leadership for their political stand.
“APHC is a coalition of political parties striving for the peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue and to associate it with anything to do (with) terror is ridiculous and deliberate victimisation,” the meeting observed.
“It’s unfortunate that while (we) have always maintained that Kashmir is a political issue that needs resolution peacefully and humanely and always worked towards that end and walked the talk in that regard by welcoming and participating in every effort at dialogue between the stakeholders, yet rulers of the day are resorting to such tactics to harass and intimidate them under the garb of legality,” the spokesperson quoted the members as saying in the meeting.
He said despite having nothing to do with the matter, yet Mirwaiz through his legal council had said that he was ready to cooperate in the investigation but had asked the agency to hold it in Srinagar as he had several genuine concerns including serious security concerns in New Delhi.
NIA has refused to conduct the investigation in Srinagar but said in the notice that it would take care of his security concern.
The meeting decided that they will all accompany Mirwaiz to New Delhi for the investigation.
The amalgam said they “know that people are anguished and concerned for Mirwaiz as their religious emotions are also attached to him as Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir, besides him being a representative of their political sentiments”.
People are deeply anguished by the harassment of Mirwaiz, and they should stay calm and peaceful, the Hurriyat (M) spokesperson said.