NIA notices to Islamia school, Jamia Masjid aimed to pressurise Mirwaiz: Hurriyat (M)
Hurriyat (M) on Sunday condemned the fresh notices issued by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to the administration of Jamia Masjid and Islamia School were aimed at putting pressure on Hurriyat (M) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
In a statement, the amalgam "strongly condemned the continued harassment and pressure being put by the Government of India through its agency, the NIA on not only those associated with the Hurriyat conference but extending it to the family members of the amalgams chairman Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and now to the institutions and organizations headed by him."
A spokesman said that the NIA has sent a notice to Ibraheem Shah, General Secretary of Anjuman Nusratul Islam, to report to New Delhi for "questioning".
"While another notice has been served to Mohammad Hussain Khan, Accountant Aquaf Jamia Masjid also to report to NIA in New Delhi again for so called "questioning"."
The spokesman said both Anjuman Nusratul Islam and Aquaf Jamia Masjid are apolitical educational and social organizations which have a great history of serving the people of the state selflessly for decades.
"Subjecting its members to harassment and intimidation for the sole reason of being part of institutions headed by the Mirwaiz, to put pressure on the Mirwaiz is deplorable," said the Mirwaiz.
The Spokesman said Ibraheem is a retired chief engineer of the Government who has been honorarily serving the Anjuman for the past many years.
The spokesman said while NIA has an office in Srinagar instead of asking the concerned to come over there for so called "questioning" it asks them to come to New Delhi to further harass and trouble them.
The spokesman said those being "questioned" including Mirwaiz's uncles and Media Advisor APHC Advocate Shahid ul Islam are made to wait from morning to night and then asked to come again the next day without being asked much or the purpose of their coming to the office.
"These ploys and pressure tactics will not deter the Mirwaiz or APHC from pursuing its political cause of struggling for the basic rights and aspirations of the people of Kashmir. All it does is further expose the level of persecution the state apparatus can go to against those it cannot defeat politically," said the spokesman.
In a tweet, Mirwaiz dubbed it as "persection by the State".
"Now, NIA sends notice to #IslamiaSchool & #JamaMasjid, exposes level of persecution State can go to against those it cannot defeat politically!," he said.