Traders criticize NIA for summoning Mirwaiz

Representatives of trade bodies at a joint press conference. -Excelsior/Shakeel
Representatives of trade bodies at a joint press conference. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Mar 12: The traders in Kashmir today criticized the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for summoning Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman and a top religious cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, terming it as ‘direct interference in religious affairs’.
The trade bodies including Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCC&I), Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), Kashmir Traders & Manufacturers Federa-tion (KTMF), Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir (FCIK), Shehr- e -Khaas Coordination Committee, Kashmir Traders & Manufacturers Federation (KTMF(R), Jamia Traders Association, Beopar Mandal S R Gunj, Central Traders & Manufacturers Association and Kashmir Welfare Transporters Association in a joint press conference said under present abnormal conditions prevailing in the State, the Government shall act more cordially to avoid harassment to Kashmiris
“Socio-religious institutions are a part of our history and culture. Their role in upliftment of the poor, supporting orphans and imparting education and Islamic values to a majority of the population is unparalleled.”, they said, adding “any attempt to weaken these institutions and their leaders by making motivated accusations is being seen as direct interference in our religious affairs”.
They said that besides being Mirwaiz of J&K this family is connected for centuries with the people of Kashmir. “They have remained torch bearers providing platform for imparting education, inculcating of spiritual and moral values besides social services. Not only do the Muslims of Kashmir but even the Kashmiri Pandits and Sikhs have high esteem towards this dynasty since centuries,” they added.
This time also Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid under his patronage is continuing such activities, the Valley traders said.
In unison, the business community of Kashmir condemned the ‘brazen attempts’ at politicization of the situation in Kashmir.
“Throughout the country, our community is being targeted economically and socially. There are cases of murderous physical assaults. A section of the social and electronic media is being used to tarnish our image. A number of innocent people and leaders have been jailed and are being intimidated. The Valley appears to be under siege. Our socio-religious institutions are being interfered with,” the trade bodies said.