MUC withdraws shutdown call for Saturday

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Mutahida Ulema Council Wednesday withdrew the shutdown call issued for Saturday following a request by the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Kashmir's grand mufti, Nasir-ul-Islam, who heads the MUC,said: "In view of the request made by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, we have decided towithdraw the shutdown call. There will be no shutdown on Saturday," he said.

Earlier, the Mirwaiz tweeted: "Express my deep gratitude toMutahida Ulema Council, J&K, the traders' fraternity and the civil societymembers for their concern and support. I, however, request Mutahida UlemaCouncil to take back the hartal call for 16 March in this regard."

The MUC had appealed people to observe a complete shutdownon 16 March (Saturday) against summoning of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq by the NationalInvestigation Agency (NIA).

On March 9, the NIA sent a notice to Mirwaiz asking him toappear in person before the agency's court in New Delhi on March 11 inconnection with a case filed in 2017 into the alleged funding of militancy inKashmir.

The Mirwaiz, however, refused to fly to New Delhi citing"hostile security atmosphere".

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