Kashmir separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq appeared in front of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Delhi on Monday to investigate the terrorist funding. NIA inquired about Mirwaiz for nearly eight hours. The investigating agency will also question him on Tuesday. Along with Mirwaiz, three more separatist leaders Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Lone and Maulana Abbas Ansari were also interrogated. The investigating agency had to provide solid security to these leaders when they reached Delhi from Srinagar. Mirwaiz had not come to Delhi for security reasons on two occasions before.
NIA officials said that Mirwaiz was questioned for eight hours on Monday. During this time, many questions related to tetter funding were asked from them. They are also directed to appear before the agency on Tuesday. Apart from Mirwaiz also, Samin Ali Shah Gilani’s son Nasim Gilani has also sent summons to appear on Tuesday. Earlier, the agency sent summons to Mirwaiz to Delhi on March 11 and 18.
Mirwaiz had not come by saying that in view of the circumstances of the valley, his security threatened in Delhi. While living in Srinagar, he pledged support for NIA investigation. Later, the NIA said that he will come to Delhi on April 8 and he will be given full security. Apart from terrorist activities in Kashmir, NIA is investigating funding people and money trail in the incidents of stone-cutting, burning of school buildings and damage to government buildings besides security activities.
In these cases, names of Pakistan-backed organizations like Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammed are named. Besides, separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and those associated with him are also being examined. According to the investigating agency, in order to carry out these activities in the valley, with the help of these organizations and people, money is reached in a planned manner. One day before the muscle in NIA, these separatist leaders convened a meeting and opposed the summon to Mirwaiz. They believe that the Center is deliberately putting the separatist leaders in the courtroom for political advantage.