March 2019 News

NIA Summons Hurriyat Chairman, Geelani's Son

9 March 2019
The Tribune
Ishfaq Tantry

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned separatist leader and All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for questioning in connection with a case related to alleged funding to terrorist and separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir. The probe agency has also summoned Syed Naseem Geelani, the son of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani, for questioning at its headquarters in New Delhi on March 11. The summons follow raids and searches carried out by the NIA at the residences of Mirwaiz and Geelani's son on February 26 and other locations in Kashmir. The agency said it had found a 'high-tech Internet communication setup' from the residence of Mirwaiz during the search, which lasted over six hours. In its summons to Mirwaiz, the NIA has asked him to 'report' for 'examination' on March 11 at 10.30 am'. Syed Rehman Shams, secretary of Mirwaiz, said the next course of action would be decided by the amalgam. 'Whether or not Mirwaiz should present himself would be decided during the party meeting,' he said, adding that Geelani's son too had been issued summons. An aide of Mirwaiz and Hurriyat spokesman Shahid-ul-Islam is already in custody. He, along with six other separatist leaders, was arrested by the NIA on July 24, 2017, in the terror funding case. He is lodged in Tihar jail. As soon as the news of the NIA summons to Mirwaiz spread this afternoon, shops and other business establishments in Srinagar areas shut down spontaneously. There were also announcements from mosque loudspeakers urging shopkeepers to down their shutters in protest.