Summoning Mirwaiz assault on religious identity: Mehbooba

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Srinagar

Peoples Democratic President and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said the NIA summons to Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were emblematic of the government of India repeated assaults on our religious identity.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Mehbooba wrote: “Mirwaiz Farooq isn’t any ordinary separatist leader. He is religious & spiritual head to Kash Muslims. NIA summons to him are emblematic of GOIs repeated assaults on our religious identity. J&K is the proverbial sacrificial lamb exploited to divert attention from real issues.”

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday summoned the Mirwaiz and the son of Hurriyat Conference (g) chairman Syed Ali Geelani for questioning in Delhi

According to a notice served on them, the Mirwaiz and Naseem Geelani have been asked to appear at the NIA headquarters in Delhi on Monday.

On February 26 the NIA team, accompanied by police and CRPF personnel had raided the residences of separatist leaders, including the Mirwaiz, Naseem Geelani, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yaseen Malik, Shabir Shah, Zaffar Bhat, Masarat Alam and Ashraf Sehrai.

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