The fresh summon to NaseemGeelani, the son of Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani, by the national investigation agency is an â€œact of vengeance and harassmentâ€�, the joint resistance leadership (JRL) said on Sunday, and condemned the move.
In a statement, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said: â€œSummoning Naseem to Delhi again is an intimidation. New Delhi is using the NIA (against the resistance leadership).â€�
The JRL said that the enforcement directorate (ED) has time and again summoned hundreds including both sons of Geelani to New Delhi several times, â€œwasting their precious time, intimidating and humiliating them.â€�
The JRL referred to arrest of businessmen, journalists and leaders by the NIA including ShabirAhmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Kamran Yousuf, Javid Ahmad and ShahidYousuf Shah and others, and putting them in New Delhiâ€™s Tihar jail.
â€œSummoning and torturing kith and kin and even friends of resistance leaders, arresting dozens under frivolous charges and putting them in Tihar is actually a ploy of Delhi,â€� the JRL statement read, adding: â€œThese moves are basically aimed to force the resistance leaders into submission and also force them to talk to New Delhiâ€™s envoy (Dineshwar Sharma).â€�
â€œFrom February last year until now, almost one year has passed during which the NIA and ED â€œbullyingâ€� has been going on, the JRL statement read, adding that scribes and businessmen of â€œhigh reputeâ€�, lawyers and jurists, intellectuals, political workers and leaders and even teenagers and students have been â€œterrorised in the name of â€˜terror fundingâ€™ by the NIA.â€�
Calling people to New Delhi, threatening them of dire consequences, making propaganda through biased media especially news channels and even putting many people in Tihar on â€œconcocted chargesâ€� or in the name of investigation, is all a well-knitted plan of Delhi and its Kashmiri abettors who, on the one hand try to fool their own people about Kashmir and on the hand want to put Kashmiris into submission, the JRL statement read.
â€œMany incarcerated people including Syed Shabir Ahmad Shah and senior Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali who are in custody from last many months are seriously (sic) and are even being denied a proper medical facility by the oppressors,â€� they said.
The leaders said that after â€œfailing to defeat Kashmiri resistance by military might, pellet terrorism, blinding, arresting thousands including young, old, youth and women, looting and vandalising peopleâ€™s properties, beating and torturing common people, clamping repeated curfews and restrictions in towns and market places especially in Downtown and LalChowk and hence destroying business of Kashmiris, putting a blanket ban on all political activities and arresting or house arresting leaders on daily basis, New Delhi has started a new kind of ploy to crush peopleâ€™s resistance.â€�
â€œIt now wants us to talk to its envoy by intimidating us and this summoning of kith and kin by NIA is one example of this forced talks policy,â€� the JRL said. â€œTyrannical and bullying policies of Indian rulers, their Kashmiri abettors and agencies have failed in the past and are bound to fail in future too and we want to tell these oppressors that their policies can never force Kashmiris into submission and our resistance will continue with much more zeal and passion.â€�