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NC urges Centre to not make NIA summons to Mirwaiz ‘matter of prestige’

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Srinagar, Mar 16: The National Conference (NC) Saturday asked the Centre not to make it a point of prestige to summon Hurriyat-M chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to New Delhi.

NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said that the separatist leader could and should be questioned in the Valley.

"Government should not make it a point of prestige to summon him (Mirwaiz) to New Delhi.  He has already affirmed in his response that he is willing to cooperate," Sagar, according to a party press release said today while addressing a gathering in some locality of downtown Srinagar.

"Keeping in view socio-religious disposition, he should be questioned here in Srinagar only," he added.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had Thursday issued fresh summons to Mirwaiz to appear for questioning at the probe agency headquarters in New Delhi on March 18 in connection with a “terror financing” case.

Sagar said the position of Mirwaiz is of “immense socio-religious importance” and the "injudicious approach of humiliation and intimidation will hurt the sentiments of his followers".

"The post of Mirwaiz is highly venerated by the people of Kashmir. Notwithstanding his politics, his family has played a pivotal role in the socio-political emancipation of the people of Kashmir," Sagar said.

"He is a scholarly person, holding a Phd degree and is respected in the socio-religious circles of the state," the NC general secretary added.

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