Now, NIA Summons KU Scholar, Trade Body Chief

Srinagar—Widening its probe the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Saturday summoned a prominent Srinagar trader and a Kashmir University scholar to New Delhi headquarters in connection with the ongoing probe into alleged funding of ‘anti-national’ activities in the strife-torn Kashmir Valley.

Mohammad Yasin Khan, who heads the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) and Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), and Aala Fazili, a PHD student at the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department of KU, have been directed to appear at NIA headquarters in New Delhi on Monday.

Traders’ bodies have called a strike in Kashmir on Monday in protest against NIA) summoning of their leader to New Delhi.

The call for the strike was given by the representatives of the KEA and KTMF at a press conference here.

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”.

Meanwhile NIA also summoned KU student Aala Fazili in the similar case.

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 earlier summoned Syed Naseem Geelani, son of Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani for another round of questioning on Monday.

These summons come at a time when the NIA has arrested seven Hurriyat activists and two protesters from Kashmir, questioned Kashmir Bar President and conducted a number of raids on several traders.

Most of the arrested are close aides of Geelani and moderate Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, including Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Shah. Of the two alleged stone pelters one is a freelance photo journalist in south Kashmir.

ED Files Charge Sheet Against Shabir Shah

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today filed a charge sheet against Kashmiri leader Shabir Shah and a suspected hawala dealer in connection with a 2005 money laundering case filed against him for alleged terror financing.

The final report, filed before Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma, also named the alleged hawala dealer Mohammed Alsam Wani, who is in judicial custody along with Shah.

The case dates back to August 2005 in which the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had earlier arrested Wani.

Wani had then claimed that he had given Rs 2.25 crore to Shah, following which the ED had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against the duo.

Shah was arrested by the ED on July 25. The agency arrested Wani on August 6. PTI




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