Srinagar, April 07, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in its executive committee meeting in Srinagar has strongly condemned the sending of the third summons to its Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq by the India’s infamous National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The meeting, chaired by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said that the forum Chairman was being deliberately harassed and an effort was being made to criminalize the Hurriyat leadership for its political stand. The meeting was held at the residence of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq after the Indian NIA sent third summons to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to come to New Delhi for questioning as witness.
The participants of the meeting said the Hurriyat forum is a political coalition of political parties striving for the peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute and to associate it with anything to do terror is ridiculous and deliberate victimization for their political ideology. They said it’s unfortunate while they have always maintained that Kashmir is a political dispute and needs settlement peacefully and humanely and always worked towards that end.
They said that despite having nothing to do with the matter yet the Mirwaiz through his legal counsel 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. They said the NIA has refused to conduct the investigation in Srinagar but said in the notice that it would take care of his security concern. They added that it is unfortunate that they did take into account the other concerns and are insisting on investigation in Delhi. They said they will all accompany Mirwaiz to New Delhi for the investigation.
The participants of the meeting said they knew that people were anguished and concerned for the Mirwaiz as their religious emotions were also attached to him as Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir, besides him being a representative of their political sentiments. They said Mirwaiz or any member of the forum has nothing to do with the fake case and it is sheer vindictiveness on the part of the authorities. Meanwhile, the forum in a statement said that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq along executive members will leave for New Delhi to appear before NIA.
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