Kashmir trade calls for strike on Monday after fresh summons

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2017

National Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned a Kashmir University scholar to its New Delhi headquarters even as traders bodies and transporters called for a shutdown on September 25 against the summoning of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) chairperson Mohammad Yasin Khan by the agency.

Kashmir's trade bodies have called for a protest strike on Monday, September 25, to protest the summons to trade leader Mohammad Yasin Khan.

They said their organisations were not against the ongoing investigations by the NIA in Kashmir, but summoning Khan to New Delhi was "uncalled for and harassment".

Interestingly, another summon has gone to student leader Aala Fazli on the same day.

Confirming the summons, Head of the Department (HoD) Pharmacy Prof Zulfiqar Ali told Kashmir Observer that the scholar has sought leave from department in order to appear before NIA in Delhi.

The NIA has also summoned Geelani's son Naseem Geelani for further questioning on Monday.

Most of the arrested are close aides of Geelani and moderate Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, including Geelani's son-in-law Altaf Shah.

The NIA had registered a case on May 30 against separatist leaders for acting in connivance with militants of Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and other groups and woman separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Millat for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means including hawala for funding separatist and militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

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