Taking strong exception to NIA's dossier against Dukhtara-e-Millat chairperson Asiya Andrabi, who has been shifted to New Delhi for questioning, the Joint Resistance Leadership has called for a Valley-wide shutdown on Saturday. Aisya along with her associates Fahmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen was shifted to Delhi by the National Investigation Agency, which is probing the financial inflow for allegedly funding the militant activities in Kashmir. The JRL, comprising
Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, described the NIA move as "political vendetta" against the resistance leadership.
"She (Asiya) is suffering from many ailments but the rulers undemocratically shifted her to Delhi on fake allegations and keeping her incarcerated for raising voice against suppression of people," the leaders said in joint statement.
Accusing NIA of subjecting several leaders and activists to inhuman treatment and psychological torture in Delhi's Tihar jail, the JRL has asked people to forge unity among their ranks "to defeat all efforts of armed forces, police, and intelligence agencies and make their nefarious move a failure."
Meanwhile, the leaders have reiterated their appeal for a complete and statewide shutdown on July 8, the second anniversary of slain militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani. "The government forces are desperate to create differences and confusion, civil war and infighting like situations. This is no more now a hidden agenda," JRL's statement reads.
Hailing the detained leaders and activists for their resilience, the JRL decried what it described as "ill and inhuman treatment" meted out to the jailed leaders and activists. Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar ,Shahid ul Islam, Peer Saif Ullah, Meraj u Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan ,Farooq Ahmad Dar, Shahid ul Islam, Muhammad Aslam Wani, Zahoor Ahmad Watali ,Masarat Aalam Bhat, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, Muzafar Ahmad Dar ,Dr Muhammad Qasim , Dr Shafi Sharieti, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Tariq Ahmad , Manzoor Ahmad ,Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Siraj- u- Din Mir, Mir Hafiz Ullah ,M Yusuf Mir, Ameer Hamza Shah, M Yusuf Falahi, Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Shakil Ahmad Yatoo, Abdul Rashid Maglo, Farooq Tawheedi and scores of others are currently incarcerated for various charges including what the NIA calls "terror funding".
JRL appealed to the international organizations of human rights to take cognizance of the plight of Kashmiri prisoners and visit jails to take stock of the situation.
Lashing out at the state authorities for laying curbs and declaring restrictions, the JRL said, "The present regime has set a new example of religious interference as people were once again barred from offering congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar today."
Decrying frequent curbs on religious rites at the historic Jamia Masjid on Fridays, the leaders termed the state administration as ''anti-Muslim'' and accused it of "crossing all limits of repression by creating a history of barring Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid".
Meanwhile, a spokesman of the JRL, in a statement today, condemned the arrest of Muhammad Yasin Malik and house detention of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, and Bilal Sidiqee.