The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s elder son Nayeem Zafar Geelani for questioning in connection with a probe into suspected terror funds
The Hurriyat described the move as an attempt to “pressurise and intimidate” the separatist leadership.
Nayeem, Geelani’s elder son, is a doctor who was in Pakistan for 12 years before returning to the Valley in November 2010.
NIA sources confirmed that Nayeem had been summoned in connection with a probe. The case pertains to a preliminary enquiry registered by the NIA to probe flow of funds into various bank accounts from overseas which are allegedly being used for terrorism.
The agency has already questioned Hurriyat leader and Geelani’s personal secretary Peer Saifullah, who is in police custody since Saturday. Sources said nothing incriminating was found against Saifullah.
The Hurriyat said the move to summon Geelani’s son was an attempt to “intimidate” him. It said the central agency had also “harassed and questioned” Hurriyat leaders Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah and Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah.
“After miserably failing to curb and contain the current mass uprising by all the military might, a much notorious NIA has been given the task to drag these fabricated cases to Delhi, thereby pressurising the leadership,” the Hurriyat said. “These inhuman, immoral and undemocratic tactics will not deter the pro-freedom people from advocating their just cause.”
The Hurriyat said the Centre was “frustrated” to the extent that it was “framing and arresting pro-freedom leaders ”.