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Terror financing case: NIA issues fresh summons to Mirwaiz for questioning in Delhi

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

The (NIA) Thursday issued fresh summons to moderate separatist Umer Farooq to appear for questioning at the probe agency headquarters in connection with a terror financing case, officials said.

According to the notice, the has been asked to appear at the (NIA) headquarters in New on March 18, the agency officials said.

The NIA had on February 26 carried out searches at premises of separatist leaders, including the Mirwaiz, in connection with the case related to financing of terrorist and separatist groups in Jammu and

The NIA team, accompanied by police and CRPF personnel, searched residences of some of the separatist leaders, including the Mirwaiz, and Ashraf Sehrai, the of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.

The houses of Jammu Liberation Front (JKLF) Yaseen Malik, Shabir Shah, and were also raided.

Barring the and Sehrai, all other leaders were jailed for some time.

The NIA had questioned two maternal uncles of the Mirwaiz -- and -- and his close aides last year. Both Manzoor and Shafat are retired senior officers.

He had been asked to appear before the NIA on March 11 but the Mirwaiz had expressed his inability to join the investigation in the national capital fearing for his security in view of "conditions of hostility".

"Under the prevailing conditions of hostility wherein there is a threat to the personal safety of my client, it becomes unwise for my client to travel to Delhi," for the Mirwaiz, Aijaz Ahmad Dhar, had said in a letter to the NIA.

If the NIA wants to question the Mirwaiz, it can do so in and he is willing to cooperate as "he has nothing to hide", the letter had said.

The had said his client was not acquainted with the subject matter of the FIR referred to in the NIA's notice and added that the notice to the separatist appears to have been issued on the basis of "fallacious assumptions and misinformation solely aimed at maligning the Mirwaiz".

On his client's stand on the issue, the said it has always been clear.

"He has always stated that the Kashmir issue is a political and human issue which needs political resolution either through implementation of UN resolutions or through dialogue amongst the three stakeholders -- India, and people of Jammu and Kashmir," the of the Mirwaiz said

The NIA probe seeks to identify the chain of players behind the financing of terrorist activities, pelting of stones on security forces, burning down of schools and damaging of establishments.

The case names Hafeez Saeed, Pakistan-based of (JuD), the front for banned Lashker-e-Taiba, as an accused, besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference factions led by Geelani and the Mirwaiz, Hizbul Mujahideen and Dukhtaran-e-Millat.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 19:55 IST
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