Srinagar, June 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that India’s National Investigating Agency (NIA) is being used as a war weapon to harass the Hurriyet leaders.
Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said, the NIA frames and raids residences of pro-freedom leaders and activists as a pre-planned psychological crackdown so that they surrender and stop voicing the sentiments of their people. They said that such brutal tactics and coercive measures could not deter Hurriyet leaders from pursuing their mission, nor would these coercions and suppressive and aggressive measures could make them surrender.
Referring to famous religious scholar Dr Zakir Naik, the leaders said that he too was forced to leave India after framing of concocted stories against him. In a similar manner, Indian authorities, in order to defame freedom movement, are planning to frame fake cases against the leadership,” they said and warned of dire consequences if this process (NIA raids) was not stopped forthwith.
The statement said that for past several days, NIA was unnecessarily questioning Hurriyet leaders, Muhammad Altaf Shah and Shahid-ul-Islam. It said that during NIA raids in Srinagar, no any objectionable material was seized, but through their mischievous plans, they were trying to get hold of leadership on fictitious charges as was done in Dr Zakir Naik’s case. “This has proved beyond any doubt that NIA is not an autonomous agency but a tool in the hands of fanatical authorities in New Delhi; and they take undue advantage of this agency against its opponents or those pursuing their freedom struggle in Kashmir,” it pointed out.
The resistance leaders maintained that Kashmir dispute is a reality and through this kind of repressive measures, India will not be able to achieve any good. They suggested the Indian authorities that instead of meddling through these feverish means, they should address the core issue and provide an opportunity to the Kashmiri people to decide their political future by themselves. It will definitely make an end to prevailing political uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir and also boost economy of Indian citizens, they added.