Geelani, Mirwaiz, Malik volunteer to appear before NIA on September 9
“Keep doors of Tihar jail open, we are coming,” says Yasin Malik
Separatist leaders — Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik — on Wednesday offered to present themselves before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi on September 9.
In a hurriedly-organised meeting at historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, JKLF chief Malik said, “This (presenting before the NIA) is the only way to end the terror that NIA has unleashed in nook-and-corner of Kashmir,” Mr. Malik said.
He said all the three leaders have booked tickets for New Delhi and will head towards NIA headquarters on Saturday. “Keep doors of Tihar jail open, we are coming,” said Mr. Malik, adding “NIA has terrorised the whole Kashmiri nation”.
Mr. Malik was accompanied by the Mirwaiz at Jamia Masjid. Mr. Geelani could not attend the joint press conference because of “poor” health. The leaders held a public meeting at Jamia Masjid.
The separatists’ move comes on the day when the NIA raided 11 locations in Kashmir valley and searched the premises of six known businessmen.
The NIA has already arrested seven separatist leaders in connection with “illegal funding from across the border to fuel unrest and violence in Jammu and Kashmir.”